Russell Westbrook has made history once again. Last night, Westbrook had 6 points, 20 rebounds, and 19 assists. What was most significant about that line was the 20 rebounds. Westbrook needed 16 rebounds to average another triple-double this season. He grabbed 4 more than that became the first player to average a triple-double in two seasons.
Last year, Westbrook won MVP after a historic season. Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double in a season. He averaged 31.6 points per game, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. Westbrook also broke Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season.
This year, Westbrook averaged 25.4 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game and 10.3 assists per game. Last night’s game against the Grizzles secured Westbrook’s triple-double season. He needed 34 rebounds in his final two games to average a triple-double. On Monday, he grabbed 18 rebounds against the Miami Heat. Then, he grabbed his 16th rebound midway through the third quarter in last night’s game.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will face the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs, a series the Thunder are capable of winning. Westbrook had a great regular season, but now it’s playoff time. If Westbrook plays with that same energy, he could have an exceptional playoffs run.