Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook bolstered his MVP candidacy Wednesday with some history in a 122-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
He finished with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds behind 6-of-6 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line. Royce Young of ESPN.com noted he became the first player in league history to notch a triple-double without missing from the floor or charity stripe.
Westbrook didn't attempt a three-pointer during the game, which is notable because he is shooting an uninspiring 33.6 percent from deep this season.
He said he worked for better shots, per Young: " watched some film and just [tried] to pick my shots better, find ways to get my teammates involved throughout the game. Just happy to win."
Wednesday brought plenty of firsts for the six-time All-Star. According to Young, it was the first time Westbrook didn't miss a shot from the field and the first he didn't shoot from downtown in 83 games. And his six field-goal attempts tied a career low for games in which he's played more than 20 minutes.
granted, he didn't take many shots, but it does appear he was very involved in the game