Against the Dallas Mavericks last night, Russell Westbrook not only notched another triple-double but also hit the game-winning shot completing a 14-0 Thunder run to end the game and cementing Westbrook’s name as the leader for the NBA’s regular season MVP. Westbrook scored 12 points in the final 3:30 of the game.
Fittingly, Westbrook’s 37 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists (+two steals) was the season’s 100th triple double. Thanks to Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James and two dozen other players, the 2016-17 has seen the most triple doubles of any season in NBA history. The 100 triple double milestone for the league isn’t much of a surprise considering just a few weeks ago, the total for all players stood at 79.
It was Westbrook’s 37th triple-double of the season which is only four behind Oscar Robertson seemingly-invulnerable record total of 41 triple doubles from fifty plus NBA season’s ago. Here’s all the players that have contributed to 100 triple doubles in this record-breaking season:
So how has the Thunder fared when Westbrook notches a triple double? Much better than when he doesn’t. Oklahoma City is an amazing 30-7 when Russ gets a triple-double and an even more-amazing (for Westbrook) 12-24 when he doesn’t reach that mark. Wow. We’re not endorsing Westbrook for the MVP, but with so many “funny” facts, that fact really displays how much the Thunder reply on Westbrook’s do-it-all skillset.