Russell Westbrook Now Owns The NBA Record For Triple-Doubles In One Season
Let’s take it back to the 1961-62 season when Oscar Robertson became the first player in the history of the NBA to average a triple-double over an entire season. He finished that year with averages of 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.
Many would have thought that this was a mark that would never be reached – let alone broken. Players have been getting bigger, faster, and more agile every year, so the thought of averaging a triple-double for a whole season is ludicrous. But now, fast forward 55 years later, and the old saying still holds true – records are meant to be broken.
On Sunday, April 10th, 2017, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook clinched his record-breaking, 42nd triple-double of the year with a 36-foot game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat the Denver Nuggets in dramatic fashion.
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— LØØPSØØP (@vineydelnegro) April 9, 2017
Two days after he assured himself of a triple-double average for the season, he proceeded to break the single season record with 4:17 left to go in Sunday’s game. To top it all off, Westbrook scored OKC’s final 15 points to propel his team to victory. He finished the game with 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was the third time this season Russ scored 50 points withe a triple-double. Ridiculous.
By the way, that gives Westbrook a third 50-point triple-double this season: 50-16-10.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 9, 2017
With Kevin Durant’s departure to the Golden State Warriors last offseason, many wondered how Westbrook would fare on his own. Well, it looks like he can handle things pretty damn well if you ask me.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 9, 2017