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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.
TRIPLE DOUBLE. #41.
He now has tied Oscar Roberson for most EVER in a single season ? pic.twitter.com/S35v2kp8TH
— Spark Sports (@Spark_Sports_) April 5, 2017
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.
Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson’s 55-year-old record with his 41st triple-double of the season.
Simply. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/Ggb8EOVhpk
— Arthur Puu (@arthurpuu) April 5, 2017
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