/Westbrook one-ups MJ with 8th straight triple-double
Westbrook one-ups MJ with 8th straight triple-double

Westbrook one-ups MJ with 8th straight triple-double


OKLAHOMA CITY — The past two times Russell Westbrook had a run of seven straight triple-doubles, he came up short of passing Michael Jordan for the longest streak in 51 years.
On Thursday in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s 117-95 win against the Memphis Grizzlies, with an offensive rebound and a putback with 4:29 left in the third quarter, Westbrook reached eight straight triple-doubles, sealing the longest triple-double streak in the NBA since Wilt Chamberlain had nine straight games in 1968.
Westbrook can tie Chamberlain on Saturday when the Thunder take on the Houston Rockets.
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Westbrook finished Thursday’s win with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.
He had two previous streaks of seven triple-doubles, both during his MVP-winning 2016-17 season, and Jordan had seven consecutive triple-doubles during the 1988-89 season.
For a third consecutive season, Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, with 21.4 points, 11 rebounds and a league-leading 11.1 assists per game. In 2016-17, Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 — and the second player ever — to average a triple-double, and he followed that up by doing it again last season.
Westbrook has 125 career triple-doubles, third on the all-time list. Magic Johnson is second with 138, and Robertson is first with 181.
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