Russell Westbrook made history, making history. In just 17 minutes and 35 seconds, the two-time all-star MVP collected his league leading 18th triple-double. Making him the first player to collect that many in a season since Magic Johnson in 1982. While also becoming the second fastest player ever to mess around and get a triple-double in a game. After the game, Kobe Bryant had high praise for Westbrook.
“A ton. A ton,” Bryant said of the similarities between him and Westbrook. “I didn’t smile much around the court, either. He plays the game with such an energy, such an aggressiveness, it needs to be appreciated. He’s not out there trying to be cute with the basketball. He’s not out there trying to look fancy. This guy’s playing hard every time down. It takes a lot of energy to be able to do that, and he just never seems to run out of it.”