Russell Westbrook Becomes First Player in NBA History to Average Triple-Double in Back-to-Back Seasons
It’s official, Oklahoma City Thunder’s, Russell Westbroook becomes the first player in the NBA to average a triple-double in two seasons. With a rebound off an airball and nine minutes left in the third quarter, Westbrook added another historic milestone to his resume!
Westbrook entered last night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies needing 16 rebounds to average a triple-double for the second consecutive season. By the end of the first half, the reigning NBA MVP had secured 11 rebounds, 12 assists, and one point. It took him only 22 minutes to reach the goal of 16 rebounds and he finished with a total 20, 19 assists, and six points.
As a result, Westbrook finished the regular season with averages of 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.3 assists–making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice. Oscar Robertson achieved the feat once during the 1961-62 season, in which he recorded 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists.
“I’m very, very thankful and blessed to go out and compete,” Westbrook said. “Like I’ve said many, many times, I don’t take this game for granted, I don’t take going on the floor competing for granted, and God got something planned for me, man, nobody can stop it, and I always continue to follow his faith and stay faithful and stay strong and continue to do what I’m doing.”
Prior to last night’s game, Westbrook spoke about “stat-padding” and the criticism he has received for “stealing rebounds” from teammates as if constantly going after the loose ball is a bad thing. “Since everybody wants to be talking, I’m tired of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s—. I take pride in what I do. I come out and play, and I get the ball faster than someone else gets to it. That’s what it is. If you don’t want it, I’m gonna get it. Simple as that.”
The Thunder, 48-34, finished the regular season in the fourth seed and will host the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Game 1 of that series is set for Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 12, 2018