Russell Westbrook becomes the fourth player in NBA history with 100 triple-doubles.
Reigning Kia MVP Russell Westbrook made history in Tuesday’s 119-107 victoryover the Hawks, becoming the fourth player in NBA annals to amass 100 career triple-doubles.
The Thunder star piled up 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to lead his team back from a 12-point halftime deficit. It continued his recent triple-double surge, in which he’s piled up 81 — including a record 42 in 2016-17 — over the past three seasons.
Westbrook now sits just seven behind Jason Kidd for third on the career list. He is the third-fastest to reach the milestone at 736 games, trailing Robertson (277) and Johnson (656).
”Oh man, just an unbelievable blessing,” Westbrook said. ”I give thanks to the man above just for allowing me to go out and play the game I love each and every night. I never take it for granted. The group of guys that’s ahead are Hall of Famers,” Westbrook said. ”I’m just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys.”
Said Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, “‘What it takes to do that on a night-in, night-out basis, the focus that you have to have, the intensity that you have to play with. It’s something that we should all appreciate, moments like this, and appreciate what we have and who we have.”
NBA career triple-doubles
1. 181, Oscar Robertson (Kings, Bucks)
2. 138, Magic Johnson (Lakers)
3. 107, Jason Kidd (Mavericks, Nets, Suns, Knicks)
4. 100, Russell Westbrook (Thunder)