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Russell Westbrook becomes fourth player ever with 100 triple-doubles

15 March 2018, 12:10 | Erica Roy

Here's the play that got Russell Westbrook his 100th triple-double (VIDEO)

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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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