Russell Westbrook has done the impossible! The OKC Thunder star has recorded a triple-double average for the second time in his career… becoming the first to reach this feat in NBA history.
Russ went into OKC’s final two games needing 34 rebounds to round his average up to 10. Against the Miami Heat on Monday (April 9), he hauled in 18; and then on Wednesday (April 11), against the Memphis Grizzlies, he took in a career-high 20.
This allowed him to finish the regular season with averages of 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists — a triple-double average for the second consecutive season.
Last year, Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson (30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists in 1961-62) to average a triple-double.
“I’m very, very thankful and blessed to go out and compete,” Westbrook said after the game. “Like I’ve said many, many times, I don’t take this game for granted, I don’t take going on the floor competing for granted, and God got something planned for me, man, nobody can stop it, and I always continue to follow his faith and stay faithful and stay strong and continue to do what I’m doing.”
Russ led the Thunder to a 48-34 record this season, securing the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
When asked how far OKC could go in the postseason, he had a single-word response: “Championship”.