Eight great Westbrook triple-doubles from 2016-17

NBA.com Global on Oct 20, 2017 07:39 AM
Eight great Westbrook triple-doubles from 2016-17
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beater three point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets following a basketball game, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com

Russell Westbrook’s NBA-record 42 triple-doubles provided more raw data than can be analyzed in a condensed amount of time. While it’s easy to get caught up in the number-crunching, it’s even more fun to relive the moments from his magical Kia MVP season. Here are just a few (including his 43rd, a playoff triple-double) of the most memorable ones:

April 21, 2017

The result?: 115-113 win vs. Houston

Westbrook's stat line: 32 points (11-24 FG, 3-8 three-point FG), 12 rebounds, 11 assists

Why it stood out: The Thunder’s lone playoff win came on the back of, what else, a Westbrook triple-double. It was his third straight in the series and saved the Thunder from a sweep at the hands of James Harden and the Rockets.

April 9, 2017

The result: 106-105 win vs. Denver Nuggets

Westbrook's stat line: 50 points (17-32 FG, 5-12 three-point FG), 16 rebounds, 10 assists

Why it stood out: Westbrook set the triple-double record and ended the Denver Nuggets’ playoff dreams on the same night, nailing a 36-footer at the buzzer for the win.

March 29, 2017

The result: 114-106 overtime win vs. Orlando Magic

Westbrook's stat line: 57 points (21-40 FG, 6-15 three-point FG), 13 rebounds, 11 assists

Why it stood out: Westbrook led the Thunder to their largest comeback in team history with the highest scoring triple-double in team history on the road in Orlando. For good measure, he also nailed the game-tying three-pointer with 7.1 seconds to play that forced overtime.

February 9, 2017

The result: 118-109 win vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Westbrook's stat line: 29 points (11-27 FG, 2-6 three-point FG), 12 rebounds, 11 assists

Why it stood out: While the Cavaliers made headlines before the game because they were questions about coach Tyronn Lue resting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Westbrook led the ambush. (All three Cavs stars played, by the way.)

December 23, 2016

The result: 117-112 win vs. Boston Celtics

Westbrook's stat line: 45 points (13-25 FG, 5-7 three-point FG), 11 rebounds, 11 assists

Why it stood out: In a stretch of three straight 40-point games, Westbrook dazzled in this win over Boston by scoring eight straight points to end the first half and the final 15 of the game, including two deep three-pointers in the final 75 seconds to finish the Celtics off.

December 17, 2016

The result: 114-101 win vs. Phoenix Suns

Westbrook's stat line: 26 points (9-17 FG, 1-2 3-point FG), 11 rebounds, 22 assists

Why it stood out: Who said Westbrook didn’t trust his teammates? He piled up a career-high 22 assists to collect his 50th career triple-double against the Suns, willing the Thunder past another team with a force and energy the Magic couldn’t match.

November 30, 2016

The result: 126-115 win vs. Washington Wizards

Westbrook's stat line: 35 points (12-35 FG, 1-6 3-point FG), 14 rebounds, 11 assists

Why it stood out: On a rough shooting night (he started 7-for-28) Westbrook saved his best for last to turn back the John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Wizards. His late three-pointer forced overtime and he outscored the Wizards 14-10 in the extra session.

October 28, 2016

The result: 113-110 OT win vs. Phoenix Suns

Westbrook's stat line: 51 points (17-44 FG, 2-10 3-point FG), 13 rebounds, 10 assists

Why it stood out: The triple-double that started it all. Westbrook posted the first 50-point triple-double the league had seen since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it in 1975. It was also the Thunder’s (and Westbrook’s) first home game without Kevin Durant on the roster.

Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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