New season, same old Russell Westbrook.
The reigning MVP recorded a triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s opening night win over the New York Knicks, posting 21 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Westbrook, of course, broke the record last year for the most triple-doubles in a single-season and became the first player since Oscar Robertson to average one for a full campaign.
The difference this season for Westbrook is that he now has two lethal offensive weapons to run with in Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.
Both forwards made their regular-season Thunder debuts Thursday night and contributed well in front of the raucous OKC crowd.
Anthony, facing off against his former team, scored 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field while George finished with a team-high 28 points, going 9-of-23.
The Thunder (1-0) wound up beating the lowly Knicks (0-1) by a final count of 105 to 84.
New York’s lone bright spot was forward Kristaps Porzingis, who registered a double-double with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
OKC’s new Big Three will look to make it two in a row when they take on the Jazz in Utah on Saturday. The Knicks, meanwhile, host the Detroit Pistons for their home opener.