Russell Westbrook made history on Tuesday (April 4), when he notched his 41st triple-double on the season, tying the record held by the legendary Oscar Robertson.
“It’s a special night I definitely won’t ever forget. I’m just truly honored to do it here, especially, in Oklahoma City,” Westbrook said after the game, calling his season “a blessing”.
Westbrook finished the game with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, leading his Thunder team to a 110-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He notched the triple-double in just 22 minutes — the second fastest triple-double in NBA history.
When Russ recorded his 10th assist, the crowd gave the OKC superstar a standing ovation and chanted “MVP.” At the first stoppage of play, the referee held the ball to allow the announcer to recognize the historic moment. And, Westbrook acknowledged the crowd with a wave.
“I was in shock, honestly, man. Just kind of sitting there, embracing the moment,” Westbrook said of the stoppage. “I didn’t realize they were stopping it for me until the ref was holding the ball; but just thanking God for the opportunity to play, because I’ve had different [times] where I’ve been hurt and had to sit out, and to be able to play is something I will never take for granted.”
With five games to go, Westbrook needs 16 assists to average a triple-double for the season, which has been done only once in NBA history… by Robertson in 1961-62.
In addition to tying Robertson, Westbrook also tied Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time list with his 78th career triple-double. He’s now tied for fourth behind only Jason Kidd (107), Magic Johnson (138) and Robertson (181).
And obviously, if Westbrook can notch one more triple-double, he can break Robertson’s all-time single season record.