OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook needed only three more assists coming into tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons to average a triple-double.
Westbrook needed only three minutes of game time to register those assists.
For the third consecutive season. the Thunder’s point guard has thrust his name deeper into the record books. His 2016-17 Most Valuable Player season was the first season in which a triple-double was averaged since Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season. Westbrook followed that season averaging another triple-double, becoming the first player in NBA history to average the statistical mark in consecutive seasons.
Westbrook is currently averaging 23 points, 11.1 rebounds — leads league for rebounds by a guard — and a league-leading 10.5 assists per game.
The Thunder are 21-9 this season when Westbrook reaches a triple-double.