He finished Tuesday night with his fifth triple-double with 15 assists this season. The rest of the NBA combined? It has four: four triple-doubles with 15 assists this season.
Westbrook’s 21-point, 15-assist, 13-rebound performance gives him the most triple-doubles (26) in a two-season span over the past 25 seasons, breaking a tie with Jason Kidd (2006-08). He also becomes the first player with at least 20 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in three games in a season since Kidd did it in 1995-96. The only player with more such games in a season over the past 30 years is Magic Johnson, who had five in 1988-89.
It was Westbrook’s third streak of at least three triple-doubles in his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Oscar Robertson (13), Wilt Chamberlain (6) and Magic Johnson (4) have had more such streaks.
The Elias Sports Bureau also notes that Westbrook has won 15 straight games when he records a triple-double, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history behind Magic Johnson (24), Wilt Chamberlain (21) and Jason Kidd (16). His outstanding night gave the NBA its 61st triple-double this season, the most since 1989-90, when there were also 61 (Magic Johnson and Larry Bird ranked 1-2 in triple-doubles that year).
Westbrook scored eight points on 3-of-5 field goals in clutch time on Tuesday (clutch time is defined as the final five minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, when the score is within five points). Prior to Tuesday, he had scored nine points since the All-Star break in clutch time on 2-of-16 field goals with the worst plus-minus in the NBA (-29).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Westbrook is the third player over the past 40 years to record six or more triple-doubles in a calendar month. He joins Larry Bird (six in February 1986) and Michael Jordan (seven in April 1989).
Westbrook returns to action on Thursday night, but he faces a Jazz squad that has not allowed a triple-double this season.