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Russell Westbrook becomes fourth player ever with 100 triple-doubles

15 March 2018, 12:10 | Erica Roy

Paul George on playing Atlanta'We can't look at this as an easy one

Paul George on playing Atlanta'We can't look at this as an easy one

He had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder close in on a play-off berth with a 119-107 defeat of the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday. He had also set the record for most points in a triple-double, 57, but James Harden of Houston topped that mark with 60 in January.

The reigning league MVP now only trails Roberston (181), Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) on the all-time list for triple-doubles.

Brett Dawson looks at the updated Western Conference standings: "The Thunder got off to a sluggish start, but some solid second-half defense and Russell Westbrook's 1o0th career triple-double kept OKC in the No. 4 spot".

There isn't much left to say about Westbrook, who obliterated the Hawks' defensive efforts with his energy and offensive dynamism. As you can see, Westbrook triple- doubles aren't just great stat lines, they usually translate into wins.

Last year, he claimed Robertson's single-season record with 42 en route to becoming the second man after the legend to average a triple-double to earn himself the Most Valuable Player award.

ESPN looked at the stats behind Westbrook's 100 triple-doubles: "Since coming into the league in 2008-09, Westbrook has more than twice as many triple-doubles as any other franchise".

Russell Westbrook has a way of keeping things dramatic. If you take away Westbrook's 100 triple-double games, the Thunder have gone 400-292 (.578) since he was drafted.

Westbrook was the third-fastest to accomplish the feat after Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656 games).

Obviously, this benefits the Thunder greatly - 82 percent of the time that Westbrook has notched a triple-double, Oklahoma City has won the game. Between his plus/minus and the Thunder's win percentage, there is no doubt of the correlation between Westbrook's triple-doubles and team success.

1,232: Westbrook has grabbed 1,232 rebounds during his 100 triple-doubles for an average of 12.3 rebounds, which almost doubles his carer average of 6.5 rebounds per game.

"The fact that this is the 100th triple-double and he's a point guard, speaks to (the fact that) his fingerprints are all over the game".

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