In last night’s calendar of games, three familiar names scored triple doubles while 5 others came very close.
2016-17 leaders in triple doubles LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Draymond Green each added another to their season total after last night’s games. LeBron led his Cavs in a 135-130 double overtime win over the Indiana Pacers with 41 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. It was a duel with Paul George that was reminiscent of 2013. George had 43 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists himself.
Westbrook triple-doubled again (40 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists) in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets. That was his 40th and is now one triple double away from tying Oscar Robertson for the most triple doubles in a single season.
Draymond Green notched his fifth triple double of the season against the Washington Wizards; hitting a three toward the end of the game that put him over the top. Green finished the night with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists.
In addition to Westbrook, James and Draymond’s nights, six other players came VERY VERY close to making it one of the craziest triple double nights ever. We’re talking one more rebound and one more assist. Here’s the rundown of Sunday’s slate of games:
The Phoenix Suns’ Tyler Ullis had a career game but came short on his first career triple double vs. the Houston Rockets. On the other side, Patrick Beverly almost had his first career triple double coming up two rebounds and one assist shy.
This season has been something else for triple doubles. In addition to the record that Westbrook is nearing, this season has been a record itself for most triple doubles league wide and having surpassed 100 total triple doubles a week ago. Individually, the season has seen the highest scoring triple double in NBA history, Draymond scored the first one without points, and it’s the first time three players have had 10 or more of them in one season. And we have a handful of games left!