42. That is the newly set record for most number of triple-doubles in a single regular season. Russell Westbrook finally broke Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles in the 1961-62 season on Friday night against Denver Nuggets. Westbrook had 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for the game. OKC Thunder beat Denver Nuggets 106-105 on a Westbrook game winning three-pointer that eliminated the Nuggets from playoffs contention and set the Western conference playoffs brackets.
Westbrook has done something truly amazing and spectacular this season. He is now only the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double.
Here’s how Twitter reacted on Westbrook’s epic feat.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2017
Russ MVP bro. ?
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 9, 2017
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 10, 2017
OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
We’re almost done with the regular season and we already have a round 1 match-up between Thunder and Rockets in the playoffs. Most people expect the Rockets to sweep Thunder 4-0 but we might be underestimating Thunder. Even though Rockets are a lot better talent wise and have a bunch of players other than James Harden who can perform under the lights, Thunder is not that bad a team. They of course have Westbrook who has the capacity to take over any game any time. They have key role players in Taj Gibson, Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter. Westbrook has time and again showed that he can come up clutch in important games. This will be a tight series for both these teams.
Probably the most important and difficult to choose or predict MVP award in recent history. There is no way that the name “Russell Westbrook” doesn’t haunt a voter’s name if he/she decides to endorse some other player for MVP. Westbrook has increased his bid for MVP multiple times through the regular season, the latest increase being his 42nd triple-double of the season. Is he already the MVP? Most of the NBA thinks so.