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Another day, another triple double story about Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. This one is about his 38th triple double of the season, which he completed in the Thunder’s 114-106 road win against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday night.
Westbrook scored 57 points, snagged 13 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists in the winning effort. The 57 points that he scored were the most points scored in NBA history in a player’s triple double. The previous NBA record was 53 points, which was accomplished by both James Harden and Wilt Chamberlain.
Westbrook is now tied with James Harden, Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor for most 50-point triple doubles in an NBA career with two. Both of Westbrook’s 50-point triple doubles have come this season.
Now with 38 triple doubles on the season, Westbrook is just three triple doubles shy of tying and four triple doubles shy of breaking Oscar Robertson’s NBA record of 41 triple doubles in a season, a feat he pulled off in the 1961-1962 season.
Through 74 games this season, Westbrook is averaging 31.8 points per game, 10.6 rebounds per game, and 10.4 assists per game as he looks to become just the second player in NBA history to complete a full season with a triple double average. The other was Oscar Robertson, who pulled it off in the 1961-1962 season with seasonal averages of 30.8 points per game, 12.5 points per game, and 11.4 assists per game.
In reference to an article I published yesterday, which you can read about HERE, Westbrook now needs 39 rebounds and 51 assists over the final eight games of the season in order to end up with a triple double seasonal average. This means that he will need to average 4.9 or more rebounds per game and 6.4 or more assists per game over the course of the next eight games in order to become the second player in NBA history to average a triple double for a full season. These are both manageable statistics for Westbrook, who has averaged 10.6 rebounds per game and 10.4 assists per game so far this season.