ATLANTA — With a defensive rebound late in the fourth quarter Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks, Russell Westbrook recorded his 100th career triple-double, joining an exclusive club that includes only three other members in NBA history.
Only Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) have hit triple-digit triple-doubles.
Westbrook completed the triple-double when he chased down a missed 3-pointer by Taurean Prince with 2:38 left for his 10th rebound. He finished with 32 points, 12 assists and 12 boards to lead the Thunder to a 119-107 victory.
Tuesday’s triple-double was Westbrook’s 21st of the season, and his third consecutive game with one. En route to winning the MVP last season, Westbrook set a record with 42 triple-doubles, topping Robertson’s 55-year-old mark, while also becoming the first player to average a triple-double since Robertson in 1962.
Westbrook has recorded more triple-doubles than 23 of the other 29 active franchises and has 32 more than the next closest active player (LeBron James).
Westbrook has exploded as the new triple-double king over the past three seasons, with 81 of his 100 coming in that span; 63 have come since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors.
The Thunder are (15-5) this season when Westbrook records a triple-double, and (81-18) during his career.