Jace Evans USA TODAY
Published 10:56 PM EDT Apr 2, 2019
Russell Westbrook is closing in on a third straight season averaging a triple-double. Yet somehow he might have accomplished even more impressive triple-double history on Tuesday night.
Westbrook, in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 119-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, recorded an absurd triple-double of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. He’s just the second NBA player to accomplish the 20-20-20 feat.
The legendary Wilt Chamberlain did it in a 1968 game while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Westbrook entered Tuesday night averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and a league-leading 10.4 assists. In his MVP-winning season in 2016-17, Westbrook became the first player in the NBA to average a triple-double for the season since Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson did it in 1961-62. He followed that season, which saw him lead the league in scoring at 31.6 points per game, with another triple-double average last year that saw him lead in assists.
While just 30 years old, the longtime Thunder star is already third in NBA history with 135 career triple-doubles. His 31st triple-double of this season, however, might have been his best yet.
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