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The numbers behind Russell Westbrook’s triple-doubles records

Oscar Robertson held the NBA record for the most triple-doubles in history since the 1961-62 season.

Now, that mark belongs to Russell Westbrook, who achieved the feat in the duel in which the Washington Wizards fell 125-124 to the Atlanta Hawks.

The question would be when, not if, Westbrook would surpass Robertson this season, but the NBA world will celebrate Westbrook’s greatness in triple-doubles because feats of this type do not change hands very often.

The last time an NBA all-time record was broken was when Ray Allen surpassed Reggie Miller on the list of most 3s scored in 2011. That was a decade ago!

Only two men have recorded 180 or more triple-doubles. The legendary Magic Johnson never exceeded 138, Jason Kidd retired with 107 and LeBron James is the next active player on the list with 99 triple-doubles.

WESTBROOK’S WAY TO BREAK ROBERTSON’S RECORD

Triple-double No. 1: The first on Westbrook’s account in the NBA came on March 2, 2009, when he was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the only one in his rookie season.

Year 1 without Kevin Durant (2016-17): Westbrook had 42 triple-doubles to break the record for most in a season by the Big O’s, who set it 50 years earlier.

Next year: On a visit to Atlanta, Westbrook joined Robertson, Johnson and Kidd as the only players with 100 triple-doubles in their careers.

2019: Westbrook set the NBA record with 11 consecutive 3-pointers. Three of the longest streaks in NBA history belong to him. Later that year, with the Houston Rockets, Westbrook’s 28-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist performance put him ahead of Magic Johnson on the NBA’s most triple-doubles list.

Now? Westbrook has become the triple-doubles leader in Wizards history.

CARVING YOUR NAME IN NBA HISTORY

  • In the same game in which he set the record for triple-doubles, Westbrook also joined LeBron James, Oscar Robertson and Gary Payton as the only players in NBA history with at least 20,000 points and 8,000 assists.

  • Westbrook has a triple-double against all 30 teams, not just once but multiple times. Although he has never had a quad-double in his career, he has recorded a triple-double and at least 10 turnovers in a game five times. That’s the highest number of games since individual turnovers began to be tracked in the 1977-78 season.

  • In their careers, only Westbrook and LeBron James rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds and assists. Since his rookie season in 2008-09, his 182 triple-doubles are more than double that span of second-place James; Westbrook led all players on both teams in points, rebounds and assists 41 times in his career. It’s the highest total in NBA history in that number of games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Westbrook posted his fourth season with 700 rebounds and 700 assists to outrun Robertson and have the most in league history.

  • Westbrook will finish as the NBA leader in triple-doubles for the sixth time in his career and will tie Robertson for third with the most such campaigns in history. Only Kidd and Johnson (10) have more campaigns.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.

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