Russell Westbrook Ties Oscar Robertson For Most Triple-Doubles In A Season

Rachel Hardy
April 6, 2017

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) waves to the crowd after tying the record for triple-doubles in a season in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Apr.

Westbrook indeed tied Robertson's record from the 1961-'62 season, wrapping up his triple-double with 9 minutes 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter when he grabbed a defensive rebound and hit Taj Gibson under the basket for an assist.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist to lead Minnesota to a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night that clinched second place in the Central Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs for the Wild. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists that season. This outing will mark a four-game road-trip for OKC, before the Thunder returns home April 12 to conclude its campaign opposite Denver.

Fans in Oklahoma City went wild, and chants of "M-V-P!"

"Like I've said before", Westbrook said, "Winning is the most important thing, especially for me and definitely for our team. Kind of just sitting there and embracing the moment", he said.

"I didn't realize they were stopping (the game) for me until the ref was throwing the ball", he added.

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Westbrook tied a career high with his seventh straight triple-double and needs two more to tie the mark for consecutive triple-doubles set by Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968. Meanwhile, Westbrook looks to make the triple-double record his own with the Thunder at the Grizzlies. Westbrook, meanwhile, is producing his triple-doubles despite playing nearly 10 minutes fewer per night, making his overall numbers extraordinary in terms of rate of production.

With a season like that, James really shouldn't be far behind Harden and Westbrook in straw ballots.

"It was the first time I'd seen that", Westbrook said. "To be able to be on this stage with this group of guys, it's unbelievable and a blessing". That will pressure OKC's front office to do something this offseason to build a better roster around the other-worldly talent Westbrook provides.

"Wherever we end up, it's going to be a great team anyway", Memphis coach David Fizdale told The (Memphis) Commercial-Appeal. I'm sorry. I've been to six straight Finals, man.

Even better, Westbrook's memorable night came in a Thunder victory - after his past two triple-doubles came in defeats.

Michael Beasley led Milwaukee with 14 points. Antetokounmpo chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Thunder, meanwhile, have Victor Oladipo and a bunch of no-name players backing up Westbrook. Kanter led all scorers with 17 points as the Thunder bench combined for 65 points. A trio of fans who brought a homemade triple-double counter and sat in section 103 holding the signs, nearly like strikeout counters at baseball games, flipped the rebound and assist counters to their final digits.

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