Russell Westbrook has put together an incredible season and earlier this week, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard tied Oscar Robertson for the single-season NBA record with his 41st triple-double. With a handful of opportunities remaining, it seemed almost inevitable that Westbrook would surpass Robertson’s mark with another fantastic performance. Unfortunately, he fell short of that against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, but there was still room for a trip to the record books.
In the game, the All-NBA guard scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists in Phoenix, but he did make history in ensuring that he will average double-figures in all three categories for the season –which was (of course) last accomplished by Robertson – by picking up at least six assists on the night.
After yet another stat-stuffing showing in the record-tying game, Westbrook took the time to reflect on the path paved by Robertson in respectful fashion and, after “falling short” in a ridiculous 45-point game against Memphis on Wednesday, the time still has not arrived for history. While Westbrook was clearly trying to pick up the 42nd triple-double of the season in the fourth quarter, he will be forced to settle for one record on this particular evening.
For good measure, the internet provided a great deal of encouragement and recognition for Westbook’s performance and season-long contribution.
Westbrook’s explosive statistical campaign does not guarantee the top spot in one of the best NBA MVP races in recent memory but one thing is certain – Russell Westbrook has been utterly phenomenal through the first 79 games of the 2016-2017 season. With three regular season contests remaining and a playoff run to come, he will continue to be must-see television moving forward, as he has been all year.