Russell Westbrook brought his team back from a 21-point deficit by dropping 57 points, nailing a leaning game-tying shot, and getting his 38th triple-double. That’s enough to convert Magic fans to his MVP cause.
There’s no obvious geographical connection between Westbrook and the Magic, and you wouldn’t think there’s a huge groundswell of Thunder fans living in Orlando. Maybe Magic fans just appreciate how dominant Russell Westbrook has been all season.
No, Westbrook’s MVP case isn’t just about triple-doubles. It’s about moments like this when he captivates an enemy’s fanbase through his sheer force of nature.