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Russell Westbrook: all the best highlights from his historic season

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard became the first player to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons.


Kahron Spearman


Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons. He finished the regular season with averages of 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.3 assists, per ESPN Stats & Info. 

 

Westbrook finished the 137-123 win over the lowly Memphis Grizzlies with only six points but grabbed career-high 20 rebounds with 19 assists. Amazingly, he reached that total with approximately nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Before the game, Westbrook answered the calls saying much of his stats were padded by teammates -for example, ensuring he got rebounds.

 

"A lot of people make jokes about whatever, stat-padding or going to get rebounds," said Westbrook, in with an answer that was unrelated to the question asked, wanting to address the stat-padding criticism directly. 

 

"If people could get 20 rebounds every night, they would. If people could get 15 rebounds, they would," he continued. "People that's talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try doing it and see how hard it is."

I'm very, very thankful and blessed, man, to go out and compete. Like I've said many, many times, I don't take this game for granted. I don't take going out on the floor and competing for granted.

Westbrook accomplished the feat while making some sacrifices regarding shot attempts, taking three less per game this season. It could be seen as a net gain for the Thunder, given his shooting efficiency historically less than ideal took an additional hit this season. He shot 29.8 percent from three and 73.7 from the line the lowest of his 10-year NBA career.

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