Russell Westbrook joins Chamberlain with only 20/20/20 triple doubles in NBA history

Russell Westbrook recording a triple double seems like it happens more often than not, so when the Thunder guard pulls off another 10-10-10 game, we shrug our shoulders. However, what Westbrook did against the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers tonight was historic when he recorded the second 20-20-20 stat line in NBA history.

The 6-3 guard put up 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds in Oklahoma City Thunder’s victory by a comfortable margin 119-103.

Russell joined just one other player in accomplishing that feat in NBA history. Including tonight, that’s just two times in NBA history that a 20-20-20 stat line has ever been recorded. The last time that happened was over 50 years ago when Wilt Chamberlain scored 22 points, pulled down 25 rebounds and passed for 21 assists in a 1968 match.

20-20-20 games in NBA History
Player Year Points Rebs Asts
Wilt Chamberlain 1968 22 25 21
Russell Westbrook 2019 20 20 21

We can call it a double-triple-double.

No matter what you think of Westbrook, a 20-20-20 line is an incredible accomplishment. The fact that he dedicated his performance to the Grammy-nominated Nipsy Hussle that was shot and killed a couple days ago, well we respect him even more. Westbrook is from Long Beach while Hussle was raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

On the season, Westbrook is having another season avergaing a triple double for 2018-19 with per game averages of 23 points, 10.4 assists and 11 rebounds per game.

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