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Russell Westbrook recorded his 41st triple-double of the season in Tuesday night’s 110-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, tying Oscar Robertson’s 55-year-old NBA single-season triple-double record. It was also the seventh straight triple-double for Westbrook, which is second most behind Wilt Chamberlain’s nine straight set back in the 1967-68 season.

Westbrook achieved the feat early in the third quarter within a matter of seconds, grabbing a rebound and passing the ball ahead to Taj Gibson, who scored on a layup. The rebound and assist gave Westbrook 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but he finished the night with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists.

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.

Entering Tuesday’s matchup, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 31-9 (.775 win percentage) when Westbrook posted a triple-double, compared to a 12-24 record (.333 win percentage) when he doesn’t. He also hasn’t missed any contests, playing in all 77 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 31.9 points, 10.4 assists and 10.6 rebounds throughout the 2016-17 season.


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