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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has locked up his 42nd triple double of the season with his 50 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 1 steal in Sunday evening’s 106-105 road victory at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado over the Denver Nuggets. Westbrook broke the all-time NBA single season triple double record previously held by Oscar Robertson, who had 41 triple doubles in the 1961-1962 season.
On Friday night, Westbrook also became the only player in NBA history aside of Oscar Robertson to lock up a triple double average for a regular season. Robertson averaged a triple double in the 1961-1962 season, the season during which he posted 41 triple doubles. He averaged 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 11.4 assists per game during the course of that season. Westbrook is currently averaging 31.9 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and 10.4 assists per game, and he has secured that extremely rare triple double average.
Westbrook will look to add to his triple double total for this season and add to his Most Valuable Player (MVP) case when the Thunder (46-34) play once again on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8:00 PM EDT. That game is their penultimate game of the regular season.