Westbrook’s 35th Triple Double of the Season a Historic One

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been all over the news this NBA season, as he was averaging a triple double coming into Wednesday night’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers and has been recording triple doubles on a regular basis.

Westbrook came into the game with 34 triple doubles this season, the second-highest amount of triple doubles of all-time in a single NBA season. He recorded 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists in Wednesday night’s 122-97 win over the 76ers, giving him 35 triple doubles on the season.

While his 35 triple doubles are still the second-highest amount of triple doubles of all-time in a single NBA season, this one was historic. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this triple double was the first in which the player shot both 100% from the field and 100% from the free throw line to accomplish it.

Westbrook shot 6 for 6 from the field in Wednesday night’s victory to accumulate 12 of his points, and he shot 6 for 6 from the free throw line to accumulate the other 6.

Westbrook still has 11 games to go this season to attempt to break the all-time record for triple doubles in a season. Currently sitting at 35 triple doubles this season, he is 6 behind the great Oscar Robertson’s 41, which was accomplished in the 1961-1962 NBA season.

In the season during which Robertson tallied 41 triple doubles, he averaged 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 11.4 assists per game. This remains the only season by any player in NBA history that ended with that player’s final seasonal average being a triple double. Prior to Wednesday night’s game against the 76ers, Westbrook was averaging 31.4 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, and 10.3 assists per game, as he looks to join Robertson in that elite category.


-Asher Fair