Russell Westbrook Becomes First Player With Five Straight Triple-Doubles Since Jordan in 1989
On Sunday, Russell Westbrook racked up 28 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists against the Pelicans for his 5th straight triple-double. The last person to record five in a row was Michael Jordan back in 1989, when The Goat had seven consecutive ones and ten in eleven games; In the game he didn’t record a triple-double, MJ had 40 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. And with 10 turnovers in the game, Westbrook also had the first 20+ point game with 10 turnovers since Charles Barkley in 1987.
“I just play, honestly,” Said Westbrook after his fifth TD and win in a row. “I don’t want to get in a conversation of if I’m going to do it every night. I just go out and compete at a high level every night, like I’ve been doing since I’ve been in the NBA.”
The triple-double is his 47th of his career and 10th this season, giving him a season average of 31 points, 10.8 rebounds and 11.3 assists through 21 games.
“I just like to win, brother,” he said. “Honestly, that’s the most important part. Making sure my guys are good, and making sure everybody’s happy with their games, and making sure we win the game.”
And it’s play like this that don’t appear in the stats sheets but makes fans and teammates happy and check marks in the win column.
TRIPLE DOUBLE WATCH
Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan are the only other players in NBA history to have five consecutive triple-doubles.