Russell Westbrook ties Magic Johnson’s single-season triple-double record

It was only a matter of time until he tied the record.

Now let’s see if he can break it.

Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season — before halftime — during Wednesday’s thrashing of the Lakers, tying LA legend Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a season in almost 50 years (Johnson had 18 in 1981-82):

Westbrook finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in the Thunder’s 112-79 win.

The triple-double was far more remarkable given how quickly he achieved it — in the first half (!):

Following the game, Kobe Bryant had quite the praise for Westbrook, saying he was the most athletic player he’s ever played against, and comparing him to himself: 

When he routinely makes plays like these, it’s difficult to disagree with Bryant:

With one game remaining this season, and the No. 3 seed already clinched, there’s a chance Westbrook could sit out Oklahoma City’s game against the Spurs. If he doesn’t, expect him to try his damnedest to break that record.

Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @jovanbuha.