Russell Westbrook has tied/topped history and it’s been one hell of a ride to get there. Here is a road trip through the season and the ups and downs of Russell Westbrook’s journey.
OCT. 26 AT PHILADELPHIA – NEAR MISS
32 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists
Just opening day and Russell Westbrook was already flirting with a triple-double. There wasn’t anyone at the time who really thought Westbrook would ascend to No. 41. However, this was really just a glimpse of what was to come.
#1 OCT. 28 VS. PHOENIX
51 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
Oklahoma City needed every bit of Westbrook’s heroics on this night. Without Westbrook going into God mode, the Thunder get beat by a bad Phoenix team at home. It would have caused a meltdown in Bricktown. At the time, it was the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it on Jan. 19, 1975.
#2 OCT. 30 VS. LAKERS
33 points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists
Westbrook scored his second triple-double of the season in only 24 minutes. He contributed 33 points in the game as the Thunder destroyed the Lakers. No. 2 came much easier than No. 1 came. It was Westbrook’s second career triple-double against the Lakers.
#3 NOV. 13 VS. ORLANDO
41 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists
It was Westbrook’s first triple-double in six games, Westbrook’s longest non-triple double streak of the season. It was a bit all for naught though as the Thunder fell and it was the first time Oklahoma City had lost in a Westbrook triple-double since April 5, 2015.
#4 NOV. 18 VS. BROOKLYN
30 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists
This was the first time someone shouted Westbrook was a stat stuffer as he checked back into a blow out game and recorded his fourth triple-double of the season late in the contest, but it still counts.
#5 NOV. 20 VS. INDIANA
31 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists
Bad Russ showed up and showed out as the Thunder fall to the Pacers in overtime. Oklahoma City trailed by as many as 15 in the contest and Westbrook shot poorly. He also turned it over a lot, leading to a game worst minus-18.
#6 NOV. 25 AT DENVER
36 points, 11 rebounds, 17 assists
In what was one of the most complete performances from Westbrook on the sharing of the ball. He dished out 17 assists, which at the time was the second highest of his career. Westbrook fueled Oklahoma City to a massive come back and a squeaking win over the Nuggets. This would be the first of seven in a row for Russ.
#7 NOV. 26 VS. DETROIT
17 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists
After getting embarrassed in Detroit earlier in the month, Oklahoma City and Westbrook showed the Pistons how it was done. Westbrook had his second straight triple-double, doing it only 29 minutes.
#8 NOV. 28 AT NEW YORK
27 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists
Something about the Knicks is like a drug for Westbrook. It was his second career triple-double vs. the Knicks and moved him to his 45th of his career as the Thunder beat the Knicks, really coming back from that 3-game losing streak in mid-November.
#9 NOV. 30 VS. WASHINGTON
35 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists
This game went to overtime and Westbrook who struggled found a way to help Oklahoma City win in overtime. His five turnovers and 23 missed shots didn’t help the Thunder in the squeaker.
#10 DEC. 4 VS. NEW ORLEANS
28 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists
Anthony Davis? No problem for Russell Westbrook. He dished out 12 assists and pulled down a game high 17 rebounds. It was his sixth straight game with at least 11 rebounds, along with his fifth straight triple-double. Oklahoma City had no won five in a row.
#11 DEC. 5 AT ATLANTA
32 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists
Westbrook only turned it over four times, his lowest in two weeks, as Oklahoma City beat the Atlanta Hawks on the road. Thabo Sefolosha was quoted in saying he thinks Westbrook should be the MVP.
#12 DEC. 9 VS. HOUSTON
27 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists
Another loss and the end of a streak. This loss gave Westbrook his seventh straight triple-double. Oklahoma City though, fell to the Houston Rockets as Westbrook struggled from the floor, going 0-of-7 from three.
#13 DEC. 17 VS. PHOENIX
26 points, 11 rebounds, 22 assists
A career high 22 assists for Westbrook as the Thunder pummeled the lowly Suns in a packed Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City had lost three of four so it was nice to see the Thunder get back on the winning track. Westbrook grabbed his 10th rebound for the triple-double right in the early part of the fourth.
#14 DEC. 23 AT BOSTON
45 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists
It had been almost four years since the Celtics gave up a triple-double but it was Westbrook who ended that streak. His 45 points were spectacular as he as 5-of-7 from three and only turned it over four times.
#15: DEC. 27 AT MIAMI
29 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists
Winning in Miami hasn’t always been breezy for the Thunder, but Oklahoma City did it behind Westbrook’s 15th triple-double of the season. Oklahoma City had led for a majority of the game and really took it to Dion Waiters and the Miami Heat.
#16 DEC. 31 VS. CLIPPERS
17 points, 12 rebounds, 14 assists
Oklahoma City demolished the Clippers on New Year’s Even and Westbrook didn’t even play 30 minutes. His triple-double came in only 18:44, second fastest of his career and only the second fastest time in NBA history.
#17 JAN. 7 VS. DENVER
32 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists
Westbrook once again found himself in a triple-double against the conference foe Denver Nuggets. Westbrook once again was amazing as he nailed 7-of-12 from deep as his first triple-double of the new year came in under 27 minutes.
#18 JAN. 11 VS. MEMPHIS
24 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists
In the first game since Memphis ran the score up, Westbrook came out on fire. He pulled down another triple-double and the Thunder won pretty easily over Memphis. The Thunder led by as many as 12 It was Westbrook’s first career triple-double against the Grizzlies.
#19 JAN. 13 AT MINNESOTA
21 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists
Westbrook once again saw a glimpse of bad Russ in their loss to Minnesota. Coming into the season, Oklahoma City had only four career losses when Westbrook triple-doubled. However, the loss to Minnesota was his fourth loss of the season.
#20 JAN. 15 AT SACRAMENTO
36 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
Westbrook found his game again and the Thunder found their winning ways. It was Westbrook’s third straight triple-double. It was also the second time this season Westbrook had triple-doubles in three or more straight games.
#21 JAN. 18 AT GOLDEN STATE
27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists
Kevin Durant be damned. Russell Westbrook did his best to push Oklahoma City to an upset win over the Warriors, even cutting it to single digits as he unloaded a barrage of free throws in the second half. The Thunder would fall but Westbrook at this point had almost reached the pace of 41 triple-doubles.
#22 JAN. 23 AT UTAH
38 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
Against a division foe, Westbrook lit up in the fourth quarter, hitting another last second shot putting Oklahoma City in the sights of victory. He finished with 38 points but none was more sweeter than the game winner. Oklahoma City stunned Utah, who had demolished Oklahoma City earlier in the season.
#23 JAN. 25 AT NEW ORLEANS
27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists
Westbrook did three things with his triple-double over the Pelicans. He was now on pace for Oscar Robertson’s record. He gave Oklahoma City back-to-back wins for the first time in over two weeks, and it was Westbrook’s second triple-double vs. the Pelicans this season.
#24 JAN. 29 AT CLEVELAND
20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists
The Thunder lost to the Cavs but Westbrook was the winner. He pulled down his seventh triple-double in his last nine games. Also, the Cavs were just another team on the list of never hads before. The Cavs would fall again just a week or so later.
#25 FEB. 3 VS. MEMPHIS
38 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists
Oklahoma City put on a show against the Grizzlies as Westbrook dropped almost 40 on Memphis. Westbrook’s 17-of-17 from the free throw line was a career high as Oklahoma City won by 12. Westbrook had fallen off pace of the 41-mark by this point.
#26 FEB. 9 VS. CLEVELAND
29 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists
Russell Westbrook finally took down Kyrie and LeBron on his own. He scored 29 points, the triple-double and the victory. His pace for the record had continue to fall off as this was his first triple-double in thre games.
#27 FEB. 15 AT KNICKS
38 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists
Oklahoma City had lost three of four and needed this win like they needed air to breathe. Westbrook’s third career triple-double against New York, and second this season, was masterful. Oklahoma City set themselves, and Westbrook up for a great run in the second half of the season.
#28 FEB. 24 VS. LAKERS
17 points, 18 rebounds, 17 assists
Very linear game for Westbrook in a 35-minute performance over the Lakers. His triple-double came within 20 minutes and the Thunder needed it as they had only led by their largest at 13 points. Oklahoma City ran away with it at the end. Westbrook had reached the pace of 41 triple-doubles again.
#29 FEB 26 VS. NEW ORLEANS
41 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists
Every now and then, Westbrook does some things that make you realize how special he is. His 41 points powered Oklahoma City to their third straight victory and his third straight triple-double. Even more impressive, he was now ahead of the 41-game pace of the triple-double.
#30 FEB. 28 VS. UTAH
43 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists
Westbrook did it again vs. the Jazz. Oklahoma City needed him and the man with the clutch gene came through. It was the second 40-point triple-double for Westbrook. It would be the second of Westbrook’s four 40-point game run as Oklahoma City had now won four in a row.
#31 MARCH 9 VS. SAN ANTONIO
23 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists
Then there were two. As the Spurs fell from the list of teams of had nevers, Oklahoma City showed how good they were with Taj Gibson in the lineup. Oklahoma City beat the Spurs and Westbrook nabbed his 31st triple-double of the season.
#32 MARCH 11 VS. UTAH
33 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists
Before the season, Westbrook had never triple-doubled vs. Utah. After March, it had been done three times this season. Overall, it may be the Jazz are a better team than the Thunder, but there is no one on the Jazz better than Westbrook and it showed.
#33 MARCH 14 AT BROOKLYN
25 points, 12 rebounds, 19 assists
Tally up Westbrook’s second triple-double against the Nets this season. Oklahoma City obliterated the Nets and Westbrook caught MVP chants from the crowd at Barclays. His 19 assists tied for second highest of his career.
#34 MARCH 16 AT TORONTO
24 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists
In what was his fourth straight game with at least 13 assists, Westbrook thrusted himself right in the mix of the triple-double average streak. It helped they destroyed a really good Toronto team, too. Westbrook was only seven away from tying Robertson’s record.
#35 MARCH 22 VS. PHILADELPHIA
18 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists
He may have missed one at the beginning of the season, he wasn’t going to miss it on this night. Westbrook corralled a triple-double in only 23 minutes. Oklahoma City opened the second half on a 19-4 run to beat the 76ers.
#36 MARCH 26 AT HOUSTON
39 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists
The Oklahoma City Thunder may have lost the battle, bad, but it was Russell Westbrook who won the war. Westbrook outdueled Harden and almost solidified himself as the MVP despite the Thunder losing. He was the main reason Oklahoma City was even so close.
#37 MARCH 27 AT DALLAS
37 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
In a game that will go down in Thunder history, Westbrook outscored Dallas 14-0 to end the game and hit the game winner that sent Oklahoma City to their seventh win in nine attempts. His 37 points were magnificient.
#38 MARCH 29 AT ORLANDO
57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists
If you would have told me Westbrook would have the highest triple-double of all-time, I would believe you and Oklahoma City needed it all. He nailed a last second shot to send the game to overtime and he took over. His 57-point triple-double is the most in a triple-double in NBA history.
#39 MARCH 31 VS. SAN ANTONIO
32 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists
Oklahoma City couldn’t hold the lead. The Spurs and Kawhi Leonard flexed their muscles but Westbrook grabbed his fourth straight triple-double. His 39th triple-double and it wasn’t even April. He was now on the door step of history.
#40 APRIL 2 VS. CHARLOTTE
40 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
Oklahoma City never really were in this one and that’s a credit to the Hornets. However, Westbrook got his triple-double, his first ever against the Hornets. It wasn’t enough as Charlotte handed the Thunder back-to-back losses.
#41 APRIL 4 VS. MILWAUKEE
12 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists
History made for the great one. Russell Westbrook did it and the Peake let Westbrook know their admiration for him. He rose a hand as he saluted the crowd, letting his guard down for only a moment. 41 triple-doubles. A record that no one thought would ever be touched. A calm kid from Lawndale did it.
#42 APRIL 9 AT DENVER
50 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists
Another 50-point triple-double for the record. Oklahoma City was saved by Westbrook’s heroics on his 30-foot buzzer beater. Oklahoma City won and the NBA won with this game. This game was the epitome of everything Westbrook has done this season. We love that man.
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