OKLAHOMA CITY -- A few weeks ago, Michael Jordan helped induct Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and called himself a fan of the Thunder guard's game.
Now, Westbrook has accomplished something no one has since Jordan -- he became the first player with five consecutive triple-doubles since Jordan had seven straight in 1989. Westbrook had 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists on Sunday night, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-92.
The Thunder have won all five games during Westbrook's triple-double stretch, and 26 of 28 the past two years when he gets one. Westbrook said he doesn't worry about the numbers.
"I just play, honestly," he said. "I don't want to get in a conversation of if I'm going to do it every night. I just go out and compete at a high level every night, like I've been doing since I've been in the NBA."
Westbrook is still averaging a triple-double for the season with averages of 31.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 11.3 assists through 21 games. It was his 10th triple-double of the season and the 47th of his career.
He's more concerned with the fact that the Thunder have recovered from a rough stretch and improved to 13-8.
"I just like to win, brother," he said. "Honestly, that's the most important part. Making sure my guys are good, and making sure everybody's happy with their games, and making sure we win the game."
Enes Kanter had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Victor Oladipo added 15 points for the Thunder.
Anthony Davis, the NBA's leading scorer, had 37 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans.