Russell Westbrook Sets NBA Single Season Record With 42 Triple-Doubles
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s record for triple-doubles in a season in spectacular, storybook fashion.
Westbrook’s 42nd triple-double of the season was a 50-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance Sunday that concluded with his 36-foot buzzer-beater that gave the Thunder a 106-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets. The loss eliminated Denver from playoff contention.
Robertson recorded 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62, when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game. That made him the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double until Westbrook accomplished the feat this season.
Four-time MVP LeBron James and Clippers star Blake Griffin were among several NBA players to congratulate Westbrook in messages on their Twitter accounts.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2017
wow russ. give that man the mvp.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) April 9, 2017
Westbrook began averaging a triple-double on Nov. 29 against the New York Knicks, and he maintained the averages for the rest of the season.
Westbrook’s season has been full of history, with him running up two streaks of seven consecutive triple-doubles, second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s streak of nine. He sits fourth all time in career triple-doubles at 79, with only Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd having recorded more.
Westbrook is also headed for his second scoring title, as he leads the league with 31.9 points per game. It’s the highest scoring mark of Westbrook’s career, to go with career marks in rebounding (10.7) and assists (10.4), which all make Westbrook a strong MVP candidate.