Russell Westbrook made history on Sunday afternoon (April 9), when he broke Oscar Robertson’s half-century-old record for most triple-doubles in a single season.
He recorded his 42nd on the season, and led his OKC Thunder to a 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets… with a last-second shot three!! Westbrook finished out the game with 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.
“Very, very blessed. I’ve got to give all the thanks from the man above,” Westbrook said after the game. “He’s blessed me with unbelievable talent to go out and compete at a high level. I’m just thankful for my teammates, for my coaching staff, for the organization, for all the fans, for my family for believing in me and allowing me to do what I’m doing.”
Robertson recorded 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62, when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game. Until Westbrook this season, he was the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double.
Westbrook is averaging 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game… for the season, making him just the second player in NBA history to achieve the feat.
Following his 42nd triple-double on Sunday, a number of stars took to social meida to congratulate him.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2017
wow russ. give that man the mvp.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) April 9, 2017
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 9, 2017
Russ MVP bro. 👀
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 9, 2017
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 9, 2017
Westbrook is currently leading the league in scoring as well.
With the Thunder’s win on Sunday, they knocked the Nuggets out of the playoffs, and made the Blazers the West’s No. 8 seed.