Russell Westbrook assembled yet another all-around performance in the Thunder's 109-99 win at Milwaukee on Saturday night, scoring 23 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a blocked shot in 37 minutes.
It was the sixth triple-double of his career but first this season.
Westbrook said he was most pleased with his rebounding.
“Just helping the bigs,” Westbrook said. “Helping them get some loose rebounds and leading to breaks.”
Westbrook's 13 rebounds tied his season high. He also pulled down 13 in a win against Utah on Nov. 30.
Westbrook's 10 assists also marked the 16th time this season that he's dished at least 10 assists.
IBAKA SWATS SEASON-HIGH EIGHT SHOTS
Serge Ibaka tallied a season-high eight blocked shots against the Bucks, further extending his league lead over Milwaukee center Larry Sanders.
Sanders didn't block any shots.
“It's not just about that,” Ibaka said. “We lost a tough game (Friday) night. I wanted to just try to play hard tonight and help my teammates get the win.”
Ibaka had five blocked shots in the second quarter, two in the third and one in the fourth period.
Ibaka is now averaging 3.07 blocks.
BUCKS BACKCOURT STRUGGLES
The Thunder's 10-point win at Milwaukee was largely a product of OKC limiting explosive Bucks guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
Milwaukee's two leading scorers combined to contribute just 17 points on 6-for-30 shooting. Ellis entered the game averaging 19.5 points. Jennings was averaging 17.8.
They combined for 11 assists, three rebounds and four turnovers.
“We always make it difficult,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We don't want guys to get easy looks. It's as simple as that. And great players like they are, they can make tough shots. Tonight, they didn't make their shots. That's partly because of us and partly because they missed some shots. We can't take credit for all of it.”