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15 March 2018, 12:10 | Erica Roy
Here's the play that got Russell Westbrook his 100th triple-double (VIDEO)
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.
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.
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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