Westbrook scores 100th triple-double

Hawks Vs Thunder Preview Starting Lineups Odds Predictions TV Injuries | NBA 3/13/18

Paul George said he's "all right" and expects to be able to play Friday against the LA Clippers after leaving with a groin injury in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-107 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday. And looking beyond the scope of Westbrook's career, he has more triple-doubles than 23 of the other 29 active franchises do ... all-time! However, the Hawks are not the most frequent victim of a Westbrook triple-double. The 76ers seem especially susceptible; Westbrook has six triple-doubles against them.

Last season, Westbrook won the MVP award and set a league record with 42 triple-doubles, joining Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double over a full year.

He also is tied with Harden for the most triple-doubles with 50-plus points with three.

However, the team's relative inexperience led to their downfall as a flurry of fouls was committed on the Thunder's Patrick Patterson and Russell Westbrook - forcing foulouts by John Collins and Isaiah Taylor. If you take away Westbrook's 100 triple-double games, the Thunder have gone 400-292 (.578) since he was drafted.

Royce Young on Russell Westbrook, history, and the triple-doubles that got him to 100: "He didn't really become the triple-double king until the 2014-15 season, when Kevin Durant was injured for most of the year, giving us all a small taste of what Scorched Earth Russ looked like and what was to come; 93 of his 100 have come since the 2014-15 season".

He's proudest of the Thunder's record when he goes off for a triple-double - 82-18. Between his plus/minus and the Thunder's win percentage, there is no doubt of the correlation between Westbrook's triple-doubles and team success.

Westbrook sealed his triple-double performance when he grabbed a defensive rebound with 2:38 remaining in the game, and it received a loud cheer from the Atlanta crowd as well, as it was a historic triple-double.

1,232: Westbrook has grabbed 1,232 rebounds during his 100 triple-doubles for an average of 12.3 rebounds, which almost doubles his carer average of 6.5 rebounds per game. Westbrook has achieved the goal after 736 games in his career.

After the game, Billy Donovan told reporters George had suffered a groin injury on the play and that he would be reevaluated on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Related:

Comments


Other news