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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook secured a triple double average for the 2016-2017 NBA season with his 23 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1 block in Friday night’s 120-99 road loss at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, against the Phoenix Suns.
The only statistic that Westbrook needed to add to in order to secure the triple double average was his assist total. He entered the game with 814 assists on the season needing 6 or more over the course of the final 4 games of the regular season to secure the average. He was able to rack up 8 in Friday night’s game alone, which secured him the triple double average for the season.
Westbrook is the only player in NBA history to pull off this feat aside of Oscar Robertson. Robertson averaged a triple double in the 1961-1962 season. He did so by averaging 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 11.4 assists per game. Westbrook is currently averaging 31.7 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and 10.4 assists per game.
Westbrook is still seeking to break Robertson’s all-time NBA record of 41 triple doubles in an NBA season. He currently has 41, which ties Robertson for the most in NBA history, and will look to get at least one more over the course of the final three games of the regular season. The Thunder are back in action on Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, against the Denver Nuggets at 5:00 PM EDT.