Russell Westbrook Ties Oscar Robertson’s Triple-Double Record in NBA History

Words by Raco Ramoso

Russell Westbrook has been a tremendous asset for the Washington Wizards this year, contributing to the team’s late push to enter the Play-In Tournament positions in the eastern conference.

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Before the Washington Wizards, Westbrook had become a star for the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder, who drafted him in 2008 as the 4th pick. Since then, he has known to be a triple-double machine most especially after his astonishing 2017 season where he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

During his MVP season, he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists per game becoming one of only two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season, the other being Oscar Robertson. After his MVP season, he had two more triple-double seasons in the 2017-2018 season and the 2018-2019 season.

In today’s game against the Indiana Pacers (May 8, 2021), Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record that stood still for more than 40 years. He now has 181 triple-doubles after his 33-point, 19-rebound, and 15-assist overtime 133 to 132 win against the Indiana Pacers.

He will once again average a triple-double this 2020-2021 season even if he records 0 points, 0 rebounds, and 0 assists in the Wizards’ last four games. He is currently averaging 21.8 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 11.4 assists this season.

Will we see the Wizards star finally break the seemingly unattainable triple-double record of Oscar Robertson in his last four games or will we have to wait for next year?

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