The Oklahoma City finish out their regular season tonight against the Memphis Grizzles. Now that the Thunder have clinched a playoff berth, the focus is on Russell Westbrook and the possibility of him averaging yet another triple-double for the second consecutive year. He is currently sitting at 25.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 10.1 assists on the season. Westbrook needs to obtain 16 rebounds tonight to achieve the triple-double average.
While the goal sounds almost out of reach, Westbrook has had 14 games in the last two seasons where he’s obtained 16 or more rebounds. In addition, he recorded a triple-double on 10 of those 14 games. Westbrook has averaged 10.66 rebounds against the Grizzles in their last six meetings. In anticipation of tonight’s game and the possible achievement, lets take a look at some of Westbrook’s greatest triple-doubles.
Most Points Triple-Double (57 pts, 13 reb, 11 ast)
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) March 29, 2018
Russell Westbrook set a record with this triple-double, in which he led a comeback against the Orlando Magic, winning 114-106 in overtime. Not only was it the largest comeback in franchise history at that point, Westbrook set a record with his 57 point triple-double. He scored fours points more than the previous records set by Wilt Chamberlin and James Harden.
Most Rebounds Triple-Double (23 pts,18 reb, 13 ast)
⚡ 23 points
⚡ 18 rebounds
⚡ 13 assists
⚡ The win
⚡ An #NBAPlayoffs berth
— NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) April 10, 2018
Westbrook has experienced more than one game where he’s recorded an 18 rebound triple-double, but his most recent one against the Heat is by far the most important. Although the Thunder struggled for majority of the game and didn’t gain a lead until the end of the game, Oklahoma City was able to hold Miami to 12 points in the fourth quarter and snag the win. Westbrook gained his 25th triple-double on the season along with a playoff berth.
Most Assists Triple-Double (26 pts, 11 rebs, 22 ast)
With 26 points, 22 assists and 11 rebounds against the Suns, Russell Westbrook became the 6th player to reach 50 career triple-doubles pic.twitter.com/9fDvFsapZH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 18, 2016
Russell Westbrook was a one man crew for the most part last season, although he did have games where he was able to use his teammates efficiently. In this game in particular, Westbrook was able to find his teammates at least 22 times for the bucket and gain the 114-101 win over the Phoenix Suns. The most memorable part of this historic game was Westbrook’s final assist to Adams after crossing over the defender with the legendary Shammgod move.
Best Overall Triple-Double (50 pts, 16 rebs, 10 ast)
One year ago today, @russwest44 made history.
⚡ 50 points
⚡ 42nd triple-double (*NBA single-season record)
⚡ Game-Winner pic.twitter.com/mtdVfnrApJ
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 9, 2018
Attempting to locate Westbrook’s “best” triple-double is a challenge in itself. The main reason is because the stats are often unbelievable, making it that much harder to narrow down one game. But if I must pick one, Westbrook’s 42nd triple-double, buzzer-beating, knocking the Denver Nuggets out of the playoffs game had to be the best yet. The fact he obtained the 42nd triple-double isn’t even the craziest part, but rather the fact he had 50 points and 16 rebounds as part of it.
Whether or not Westbrook averages a triple-double for the second year in a row, he is still undeniably one of the best point guards in the league. Oklahoma City will finish out their season against Memphis tonight in the Chesapeake arena with tip-off at 7:00 p.m. Fox Sports Oklahoma will air the game.