Russell Westbrook, Basketball Machine, Just Equalled A 55 Y.O. NBA Record

There’s a lot that can probably be said about Russell Westbrook‘s utter lack of support necessitating him elevating his game to godly levels in order to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder even remotely competitive. But that doesn’t take anything away from what he’s been able to do this season thus far. It’s nothing short of incredible.
Westbrook, for those of you who haven’t been watching, is quite clearly an alien send through time and space with the sole aim to dominate humans at basketball and take all their money.
Not only is Westbrook on-track to put up season average numbers that’ll sit him top single-season marks that most trusted voices on the game assumed would stand forever, but Westbrook today equalled an all-time NBA record that has stood for fifty five years.
Westbrook today managed to put up his 41st triple-double for the season, equalling the mark set by Oscar Robertson way back in 1961-62.
Russ registered stats of 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists in the Thunder’s 110-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks earlier today.
To put this record in perspective, the next person on the all-time list is Wilt Chamberlain, who managed 31 triple-doubles in 1973-74. In fact, on the top ten list of most triple-doubles in a single season, there are only four names: Robertson, Chamberlain, Westbrook, and Magic Johnson. Robertson’s name takes up five slots.
So in-tune with what they’re witnessing is the OKC crowd that they registered Westbrook’s 41st triple-double when he brought it up in a sequence that scored him both a rebound and an assist.

What’s even more remarkable is when you consider that it took Robertson 79 games to put those numbers up.

Westbrook did it in 76.
The Thunder still have 5 games remaining in the regular season.
Hold onto the roof of Chesapeake Arena when he hits #42.

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