With his sixth assist against the Suns he now has 820 assists on the season, ensuring that if he plays all 82 games, he will average at least 10 assists. He is the first player to accomplish this since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-1962 season. Russell Westbrook has become the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season in 55 years.
The Oklahoma City Thunders secured his name on the NBA history early in the second half againsts the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Westbrook had only three assists at half-time but had one on each of the Thunder’s first three baskets of the second half, capped by a length-of-the-court pass to Victor Oladipo 90 seconds into the third quarter. Westbrook went to the bench with 2:33 left in the game and finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, two assists shy of what would have been his record-breaking 42nd triple-double of the season. The Suns won 120-99.
There it is!
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Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson had been the last and only player to average a triple-double, putting up 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game in the 1961-62 season.
“I could never say in a million years that I would ever think that was even possible,” Westbrook said. “For me to do it, it’s extremely a blessing. It’s something that I’m honored to be able to do, especially in this game today, at the highest level. It’s a blessing. I’m just very thankful and happy to be able to do it.”
“I’m honored just to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson,” Westbrook told ESPN earlier this week. “The different things he did for the game of basketball to allow me to play the game today, I think that’s more important. Obviously triple-doubles are a great thing, but the way he played the game, the era when he played the game to allow guys like me to be able basketball and be able to do things like this.”
Westbrook also leads the NBA in scoring this season, with 31.8 points per game.