ATLANTA — With a defensive rebound late in the fourth quarter Tuesday against the Hawks, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder recorded his 100th career triple-double, joining an exclusive club that includes just 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 milestone 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 completing the feat. En route to winning the league MVP award 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, including 63 since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016.
The Thunder are 15-5 this season when Westbrook records a triple-double and 81-18 during his career.