Russell Westbrook dismissed talk of winning the NBA MVP, insisted his sole focus is guiding the Oklahoma City Thunder to a championship.
Westbrook has enjoyed a stellar season so far, with triple-doubles virtually a daily occurrence when he steps on the court.
The five-time NBA All-Star, however, told reporters on Sunday: “I don’t know how the voting goes. I really don’t care.
“Honestly, [winning] a championship is the biggest goal for me. It’s something that’s always been an important thing for me as a player.
“It’s something the I try to strive for and use my talents to win a championship.”
Westbrook was speaking before Oklahoma City’s 99-96 overtime win against the Boston Celtics.
In a game unusual to Westbrook’s standards, he did not record a triple-double.
Entering the game with seven triple-doubles, the longest streak since Michael Jordan in 1989, Westbrook had to be content with 37 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
The double-double display meant Westbrook fell just two games short of Wilt Chamberlain’s record of nine consecutive matches with a triple-double in 1968.