Following a mistletoe-week to remember, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder are again riding high.
The Thunder capped a 4-1 stretch with a hallmark Holiday victory over the young and entertaining Timberwolves. In that contest, Westbrook garnered a fifth consecutive double-double performance. Meanwhile, OKC's beloved "Stache Bros." combined for 42 points as a giving Thunder squad gifted its fans with a 112-100 Dec. 25 win.
In addition, the stocking above Russell Westbrook's mantle was filled with another well-deserved Western Conference Player of the Week award. For games played Dec. 19-25 Westbrook averaged a surreal 41 points, 10 assists, and 9.8 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook. Western Conf Player of the Week again. 4-game averages of 41p-10a-9.8r. RT to #NBAVote pic.twitter.com/dSCrVZEvWD— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 26, 2016
However, more importantly, the Thunder prevailed in three-of-four games throughout this period -- including three straight.
A streaking Oklahoma City unit looks to win a fourth-consecutive contest tonight vs. the 10-21 Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena. An OKC victory would signify a season sweep in this interconference affair —as OKC dispatched Miami 97-85 from Chesapeake Energy Arena on Nov. 7.
While Westbrook (14 pts) was quite during that early season romp, Enes Kanter voraciously roared with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
And while on that occassion Kanter roared, recently Westbrook has shattered the sound barrier with an all-out assault on the NBA's record books. Amid Russell's latest inimitable exploits, the 6'3 guard became the first NBA player in 50-plus years to record three successive games with 40 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 50% FGA. Who preceded him? Just some guy named Wilt Chamberlain.
Yes, it has been a busy week in Thunder Nation. Here are the latest headlines to catch you up to speed as we inch ever closer to 2017.
Westbrook leads OKC to Christmas night bliss against Minnesota
ESPN’s Royce Young tells the tale of Westbrook’s holiday exploits in Oklahoma City’s 112-100 Christmas night victory.
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