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By The Numbers: Russell Westbrook surpasses Oscar Robertson's NBA record with 182nd career triple-double

Russell Westbrook is now officially the Triple-Double King in NBA history.

By recording a 28-point, 21- assist, 13-rebound triple-double in the narrow 125-124 loss against the Hawks in Atlanta, he surpasses Oscar Robertson's NBA record of 181 career triple-doubles.

He breaks the 47-year record, one many considered among the untouchables while playing exactly 100 regular-season games fewer than Robertson.

The former league MVP already broke Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a single season when he recorded 42 in the 2016-17 season.

With respect to averaging a triple-double for a season, Westbrook, in 2016-17, became only the second player ever to do after 'The Big O' in 1961-62. Since then, he has done it three more times.

Win-loss record

The talk of stat-padding or hunting for those triple-doubles has chased Westbrook ever since his MVP season, the 2016-17 campaign when he broke Oscar Robertson's record (41) for the most triple-double in a season by registering 42.

However, that argument holds no credit when you consider the team's win-loss record when he records a triple-double.

Through the 182 triple-doubles, the team has a record of 136-46 which results in a win percentage of 74.7 percent. That's higher than Oscar Robertson's win percentage of 72.4 percent.

Splits vs. teams

Westbrook is the franchise leader in triple-doubles for the Oklahoma City Thunder (138) and the Washington Wizards (36).

On Jan. 20, 2020, as a member of the Houston Rockets, Westbrook recorded a triple-double against his former team - the Oklahoma City Thunder - and joined LeBron James as the only players ever to register a triple-double against every single NBA franchise.

However, over a year later, the Brodie went one better. On Apr. 19 with a triple-double against the Thunder, Westbrook became the only player in NBA history to have recorded multiple triple-doubles against every single NBA franchise.

Here's a look at how many triple-doubles he's recorded against every NBA team:

No. of Triple-doubles (# teams) Teams
1. 10 (1) Pacers
2. 9 (2) Pelicans, Magic
3. 8 (7) Rockets, Bucks, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Kings, Raptors, Jazz
4. 7 (2) Nuggets, Timberwolves
5. 6 (6) Mavericks, Pistons, Lakers, Suns, Spurs, Wizards
6. 5 (5) Nets, Bulls, Warriors, Grizzlies, Hawks
7. 4 (4) Cavaliers, Clippers, Heat, Knicks
8. 3 (1) Oklahoma City Thunder
9 2 (2) Celtics, Hornets

His 10 triple-doubles against the Pacers, makes him the fourth player in NBA history after Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain to record at least 10 triple-doubles against a single NBA team.

Evolution into a triple-double machine

Currently, in his 13th NBA season, Westbrook's love with the triple-doubles began in the second half of his career. In his first six seasons, he only had eight triple-doubles whereas, in his seventh season (2014-15) alone, he recorded 11.

However, things really picked up in 2016-17, when he carried the Oklahoma City Thunder on his shoulders following the departure of Kevin Durant to the Warriors in the offseason as a free agent.

In fact, over the recent years, he's more probable to record a triple-double than make a field goal.

Since 2016, in four of five seasons, Westbrook had registered 137 triple-doubles in 296 regular-season games. That leads to a 46.3 percent chance of registering a triple-double, slightly better than his field goal percentage (43.7%) over those seasons.

Most ridiculous triple-doubles

May 3, 2021 vs. Indiana Pacers (14 points, 24 assists, 21 rebounds, W)

Mar. 29, 2021 vs. Indiana Pacers (35 points, 21 assists, 14 rebounds, W)

Apil 2, 2019 vs. Los Angeles Lakers (20 points, 21 assists, 20 rebounds, W)

Jan. 10, 2019 vs. San Antonio Spurs (24 points, 24 assists, 13 rebounds, L)

April 9, 2017 vs. Denver Nuggets (50 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, W)

Mar. 29, 2017 vs. Orlando Magic (57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, W)

Dec. 17, 2017 vs. Phoenix Suns (26 points, 22 assists, 11 rebounds, W)

Oct. 29, 2016 vs. Phoenix Suns (51 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, W)

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