Stop me if you've heard this before - Russell Westbrook exploded for a triple-double and carried the Thunder to a win, as his game-tying 3-pointer with 8 seconds left forced OT in Orlando.
With the Thunder trailing by as much 21 tonight, Russell Westbrook continued to impress by going off for 57 points en route to the Thunder's 114-106 OT win over the Magic. Westbrook also recorded his 38th triple-double of the season, pulling himself within 3 triple-doubles of tying Oscar Robinson's single-season record, with 8 games to go in the season. His 57 point, 13 rebounds, 11 assist game also marked the most points ever scored in a triple-double performance in NBA history, surpassing James Harden's 53 point triple-double from earlier this season.
Russell Westbrook is going to average over 30 points and a triple-double for the season - let that sink in. In a generation that has grown up watching Lebron James do it all on the floor, it's crazy to think that what Russell Westbrook is doing hasn't been done in 40+ years. He is coming out every single night, and leaving absolutely everything on the court, and I don't see how anyone can knock him for it.
I understand in the eyes of the voters it's all about "the team", but what Westbrook is doing for the Thunder is something that no one, other than Lebron, would be able to do. He bets it's all on himself each night and lives and dies by the sword that is his explosive, unrelenting game, and to me, he deserves every bit of that MVP award.
PS - I am still very, very open to a Co-MVP deal with him and James Harden, because what Harden is doing each night is equally as impressive.