NBA: Russell Westbrook Set to Break Oscar Robinson's Record After 40th Triple-Double This Season
Russell Westbrook is on the verge of tying Oscar Robinson's all-time single-season record of 41 triple-doubles after registering his 40th of the season in a 113-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. If he pulls off the feat in the next game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar can break the record when his team faces the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum on Wednesday.
Sunday's triple-double was the sixth consecutive for Westbrook as he recorded 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Hornets. He is currently averaging a triple-double as well with 31.9 points, 10.6 boards, and 10.4 assists per game in 76 games this season.
So far, Robertson is the only NBA player to average a triple-double in an entire season. Robertson did it during the 1961-1962 season with numbers of 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists. It was also the season he collected his record of 41 triple-doubles.
The record of consecutive triple-doubles is currently held by the late Wilt Chamberlain. The Stilt had nine straight during the 1967-1968 season.
CBS Sports reported that "will likely become the second player to achieve the feat when the regular season ends next week". OKC has six games left in the campaign this season.
Westbrook has been competing with Houston Rockets guard James Harden for MVP honors this season. However, the two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP has left his fellow All-Star behind in the race with his recent string of outstanding performances.
Aside from registering his 40th triple-double of the season, Westbrook also passed the 15,000-point scoring mark during the loss to Charlotte. He is now third all-time behind Gary Payton (18,207) and Kevin Durant (17,566) in OKC/Seattle Supersonics history.
When asked on his thoughts about potentially breaking Robertson's longstanding record, Westbrook seemed uninterested about it because of the defeat. "We gotta win," he simply said. "That's my thoughts."
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