OKLAHOMA CITY — With assists on the Thunder‘s first three baskets in a little more than a minute Friday against the Detroit Pistons, Russell Westbrook clinched averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive season.
Paul George hit a wing jumper set up by Westbrook with 10:54 left in the first quarter, giving Westbrook 730 assists on the season. Because he’s able to finish the regular season with a maximum of 73 games played, he can average no fewer than 10 assists.
Westbrook finished the night with 19 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds, bringing his season averages to 22.9 points, 10.6 assists and 11.1 rebounds per game.
The Thunder won 123-110.
Westbrook became the first player since 1962 — and the second ever — to average a triple-double in the 2016-17 season. Last season, he did it again, needing 16 rebounds on the final night of the season and pulling in 20 to secure the average.
Westbrook has 31 triple-doubles this season, tied for third-most in a season. He holds the record of 42 triple-doubles in a season, set in 2016-17. On Tuesday, Westbrook made history by becoming the second player to post a 20-20-20 game, with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. Earlier this season, he made NBA history by recording a triple-double in 11 consecutive games.