Westbrook averages triple-double for third straight season
NBA.com Global on Apr 07, 2019 06:53 AM
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 8: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder gets pumped up before the game against the LA Clippers on March 8, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
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With three assists in the opening minutes of Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) clash with Detroit, Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook has clinched a triple-double average for the third straight season.
It comes three days after Westbrook registered another historic triple-double feat, putting up 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists in a victory over the Lakers to join Wilt Chamberlain with the only 20-20-20 lines in league annals.
Westbrook's three straight triple-double seasons are an unprecedented achievement, with Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson accounting for the only other comparable campaign in NBA history, back in 1961-62.
Westbrook was arguably the story of the 2016-17 season, winning the Kia MVP as he matched Robertson with his first triple-double season.
Westbrook's relentless pace has continued despite considerably less fanfare over the ensuing two seasons. His 98 individual triple-doubles are more than any NBA player over a three-year period, pushing his overall total of 135 to third on the career list, trailing only Magic Johnson (138) and Robertson (181).