Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson's record with 42nd triple-double

  • Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson's record with 42nd triple-double

Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson's record with 42nd triple-double

In any other season, he would be a triple-double marvel, recording his 21st of the season with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists in a 135-128 win over the Kings on Sunday night.

Revenge is a great motivator - just ask Oklahoma City NBA star Russell Westbrook, who this week scored, passed and rebounded his way in to the history books. He leads the league in scoring and broke Oscar Robertson's record with 42 triple-doubles this season to help the Thunder move on after Kevin Durant left for Golden State. He scored 45 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Russell Westbrook scored his 42nd triple-double Sunday breaking Oscar Robertson's 55-year record to become the triple-double king of the National Basketball Association. Westbrook finished with 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

- Westbrook has averaged 31.9 points per game, over a point more than Robertson did in 61-62, when he put up 30.8 per match.

Westbrook had a double-double by halftime, but didn't get his triple-double until feeding Semaj Christon in the right corner for a 3-pointer that pulled the Thunder to 101-91 with more than four minutes left.

"It's a huge accomplishment", Harden said of Westbrook's record. "Congratulations to Russell Westbrook on a magnificent season", Robertson wrote for the Undefeated. The Thunder secured the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

"It's unbelievable", Westbrook told Fox Sports' Lesley McCaslin after the game about the record.

Durant departed to Golden State as a free agent, perhaps a coincidence, the Warriors are the same side who beat Durant and Westbrook previous year in the Western Conference finals.

"My motto is 'Why not?' and I always stick by it, regardless of what people say what is possible, is not possible", he said.

A triple-double is when a player manages double-digit numbers in three statistical categories in one game.

Instead there was an ovation, and Westbrook raised his hand in a wave when the public address announcer acknowledged the feat. "I continue to think "why not" and continue to strive to be the best I can be".