King of Triple Doubles: Russell Westbrook notches his 42nd Triple-Double

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook notched his 42nd triple-double on Sunday night, surpassing Oscar Robertson’s 55 year-old NBA single-season triple-double record. 

Westbrook achieved the feat late in the 4th quarter in the Thunder’s victory over the Denver Nuggets. It was also a game that saw Westbrook score 50 points and hit the game winning shot. 

Robertson set the record in the 1961-62 season as a member of the Cincinatti Royals (now Sacrometto Kings). He was the first player to average a triple-double for an entire season, averaging 30.8 points, 11.4 assists, and 12.5 rebounds.

“You’ll be talking about Russ now being the triple-double king.” Robertson said in an interview with USA Today last Tuesday. 

Westbrook has set new standards for triple-doubles this season. He recorded the first perfect triple-double in NBA history a few weeks back, scored the most points (57) with a triple-double, and he is also the first player in NBA history to record five straight triple-doubles twice in a season. 
Westbrook’s triple-doubles also play an intregal part in his team’s success. The team is currently 32-9 when he has one versus a dismal 13-25 record when he fails to get one. The Thunder currently sit at 6th place in the Western Conference playoffs. 

Pictures courtesy of Bleacher Report and The Source Magazine

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