OKC Thunder: Is this the best we've ever seen Russell Westbrook?

Teammate Kevin Durant said: “Triple-double in three quarters. That speaks for itself.”
by Anthony Slater Published: December 26, 2013

Following the Thunder's Christmas blowout in New York, Kevin Durant was asked a question he and his teammates face regularly at road venues.

“Does it look like Russell Westbrook is finally back to 100 percent?”

“ … Triple-double in three quarters,” Durant responded after a brief pause. “That speaks for itself.”

For a time, the topic was relevant and the answer was unknown. But now, after Westbrook's latest masterful performance in an extended string of them, another question seems a bit more pressing.

Is this Westbrook — a seemingly fully healed Westbrook — the best version of the three-time All-Star we've ever seen?

Because in a dominant December, you could make a strong case for it.

“As good as I've ever seen him,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said after Westbrook dropped an easy 26 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds in 32 minutes on his East-leading Pacers.

But that was back on Dec. 8. And it was only the start of a 10-game stretch that's seen Westbrook put up monster stat-lines that have been every bit as impactful as the numbers suggest.

His averages: 21.9 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds. His team's record: 9-1.

“It all starts with our point guard,” Durant recently said of the Thunder's hot streak.

Westbrook had 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting in an easy road win over the Spurs. He had double-digit assists in five of the 10 games. He had the NBA's eighth ever triple-double on Christmas Day, dissecting the Knicks' helpless defense with his uncontainable speed and improving court vision.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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