On Sunday, Russell Westbrook made history and recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season breaking Oscar Robertson’s record made during the 1961-1962 season. A feat that has been untouchable for 55 years. There were times where this record was sought out to be impossible to break just like Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in a single game or A.C. Green’s 1,192 consecutive games played in. Though there were some around the league who believed Russ would be the one to “go Oscar” once Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors. Once it was confirmed KD was leaving, players like CJ McCollum and Austin Rivers tweeted their prediction of Westbrook accomplishing this feat. Below are their predicting tweets:
Through 80 games he matched, broke, and created many records and his 42nd triple-double is the finishing touch to one of the best personal seasons in NBA history. The Thunder’s superstar became the first player since Oscar Robertson in the ’61-’62 season to average a triple-double through an entire season. On Sunday when Westbrook broke the record he capped the night off with a game-winning buzzer beater that left him with his 3rd 50-point triple-double, which is a record for most 50-point triple-doubles in a single season. He became the first player to record a triple-double while shooting perfectly from the field and the free-throw line. He recorded the most points ever while recording a triple-double with 57 points. That is just to name a few as the list goes on. It has been a season of epic proportions for the 9-year veteran guard. Many believed the Thunder would fail to make the playoffs this season after KD left but, on the contrary, Russ’ leadership and level of play reached higher levels. Brodie is averaging 31.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg, and 10.4 apg with a league leading 30.9 PER. OKC has 40+ wins with the 6th seed clinched heading into the playoffs for the Western Conference. Russ is a potential MVP but win or lose, this has been a remarkable season for him and for all of those witnessing his efforts.
With the 6th seed in the West clinched Westbrook will rest tonight versus the Minnesota Timberwolves and more than likely against the Nuggets in the season finale Wednesday. Expect him to be ready to go 110 percent for 48 minutes every game in the playoffs as the Thunder are set to compete against another MVP candidate James Harden and the Rockets.