Russell Westbrook entered last night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies needing 16 rebounds in order to average a triple-double for the season for the second consecutive year. And he hit the glass like a man possessed.
By the end the first half, the reigning NBA MVP had secured 11 boards, in addition to 12 assists and… one point. It took him only 22 minutes to reach the goal 16 rebounds and he finished with a grand total 20, to go along with 19 assists an six points.
As a result, Westbrook finished the regular season with averages 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists, making him the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice. Oscar Robertson achieved the feat once during the 1961-62 season, in which he record 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists.
Prior to last night’s game, Westbrook spoke about “stat-padding” and the criticism he has received for “stealing rebounds” from teammates, as if constantly going after the loose ball is a bad thing.
The Thunder, 48-34, finished the regular season in the fourth seed and will host the Utah Jazz in the first round the NBA Playfs. Game 1 that series is scheduled for Sunday night at 6:30pm. Check out the NBA Playfs first round tv schedule here.