Russell Westbrook had 19 career triple-doubles coming into the 2015-16 campaign; he has nearly equaled that mark in just 71 games so far this season.
Westbrook’s 15 triple-dip of the year Tuesday night—21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds—helped the OKC Thunder hold off the visiting Houston Rockets 111-107.
Russell Westbrook with his 15th triple-double of the season: 11-11-13. That ties Michael Jordan's 15 in 1988-89, two off of Magic Johnson's.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 23, 2016
This was Russ’s sixth triple-double in March alone.
Per the AP:
Westbrook has 15 triple-doubles this season and 34 in his career. It’s the most triple-doubles by a player in a season since 1988-89, when Magic Johnson had 17 and Michael Jordan had 15. It was also Westbrook’s sixth triple-double in March. According to STATS, it’s the most by a player in a calendar month since Jordan had seven in April 1989.
“That’s just a blessing,” Westbrook said. “Especially getting mentioned with those guys. Those guys are Hall of Famers. My job is try to help us win games and try to win a championship.” […] It was his third triple-double in a row and fourth in his past five games. The Thunder improved to 15-0 this season when he gets a triple-double and 30-4 all-time.
“When he helps us rebound like that and passes the ball, it’s good for our team,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said. “I think the thing is rebounds. When he rebounds like that, we’re a better team. He can pass and he can score with the best of them. When he rebounds that way, it gives us a little something extra.” […] Durant scored 23 points and Dion Waiters added 17 to help the Thunder win their fifth straight.