Thunder’s Russell Westbrook ties Magic Johnson’s 1988-89 record with 17 triple-doubles

Russell Westbrook (Photo courtesy: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons)

With 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, Russell Westbrook became the first player with 17 triple-doubles in a season in 27 years as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Denver Nuggets, 124-102, on Tuesday night.

Russell Westbrook has the highest total since Magic Johnson had 17 triple-doubles for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988-89.  Westbrook obtained his seven in March when he won the Western Conference of the month. In his NBA career, Westbrook already had 35 tripe-double and he is now second with LeBron James for most triple-doubles among active players.

“It’s a great honor,” Westbrook said in a report in ESPN. “Whenever you’re mentioned in the same sentence as Magic, it’s always great. That’s something you never take for granted.”

The Thunder are now on the third spot of the Western Conference with four games left before the playoffs. Kevin Durant scored 26 points and eight assists for the Thunder.

Before achieving career milestone, Westbrook was having a hard time in the first half where he had five turnovers because of over passing. However, the Thunder stretched the gap in the second and third quarters and established 75-47 against Denver.

The Thunder made a 23-2 run in the second quarter to take control. Durant scored 10 points in the period and the Nuggets missed seven of eight shots, unable to match Thunder’s torrid pace.

Dion Waiters made two three-pointers as the Thunder pushed the lead to 107-77 heading into the fourth. The Thunder led by as much as 33.

Westbrook didn’t have a turnover in more than nine minutes he played on third quarter. He didn’t play in the fourth.

With four games left for the Thunder, Donovan said that he has no plan in resting his players because it might affect their rhythm and added that he would only sit players who are hurt.

Westbrook needs one triple-double to tie Johnson’s mark of 18 set in 1981-82.

Photo courtesy: Erik Drost/Wikimedia

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