Russell Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season with 50 points, 10 assists and 16 rebounds in Sunday afternoon’s 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets, breaking Oscar Robertson’s record for the most triple-doubles in a single season. Westbrook also sank the game-winning three-pointer to give Oklahoma City it’s third victory in four games.

The UCLA product tied Robertson’s 55-year-old NBA single-season triple-double record count with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists back on Tuesday, April 4 in a 110-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Robertson set the record playing for the Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings) back in 1961-62, when he became the first player to average a triple-double with 30.8 points, 11.4 assists and 12.5 rebounds.

With his sixth assist in a 120-99 loss to Phoenix on April 7, Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double on the season.

Westbrook fell short of his 42nd triple-double of the season the previous two contests, collecting 45 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds in a 103-100 win over Memphis and 23 points, 8 assists and 12 rebounds in the loss to Phoenix.

Entering Sunday’s matchup, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 33-9 when Westbrook posted a triple-double, compared to a 13-25 record when he doesn’t. He also hasn’t missed any contests, playing in all 79 games for Oklahoma City.

The six-time NBA All-Star has set many high standards for triple-doubles, recording the first triple-double without missing a shot in NBA history in a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on March 23 and scoring the most points in a triple double with 57 points in a 116-106 win against the Orlando Magic the following week on March 30.

Throughout the season, the nine-year veteran has had one of the most historic seasons for an individual player, averaging a triple-double with 31.7 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds throughout the 2016-17 season.


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