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Thunder’s Russell Westbrook averaging triple-double for season

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 26:  Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives down the lane versus Detroit Pistons on November 26, 2016, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire)
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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook posted his eighth triple-double of the season on Monday night against the New York Knicks. It’s now his third consecutive triple-double and brings his season averages high enough that he is averaging a triple-double for the entire season.

He now moves into a tie with LeBron James for the sixth-most (45) for a career.

All other players in the NBA this season have totaled eight triple-doubles, which means Westbrook has matched the league by himself. On Monday night, he finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists, which gave him his highest rebound total of the season.

The season is virtually a quarter of the way done for the Thunder, but Westbrook’s chase of Oscar Robertson’s elusive triple-double average for an entire season in 1961-62 will be on the horizon. Only Robertson of that season has ever entered the month of December with the triple-double season average still in tact, which Westbrook is on pace to do if he can sustain it through a final game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

If Westbrook is to have a downfall, it seems it would surely come from the rebounds. Each season since 2011-12, he has increased his rebounding statistics gradually, beginning at 4.6 and settling at a career-high 7.8 last season. He also posted a career-high in assists last season at 10.4, but that came alongside one of the elite scorers in the league in Kevin Durant, who has been replaced by the likes of Victor Oladipo, Jerami Grant, and Domantas Sabonis.

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