NBA: 3 50-point triple-doubles in Russell Westbrook's career
Russell Westbrook is one of the most electrifying players in the NBA today. He is known for his speed and the aggression with which he destroys the rim. He became the first NBA player in 55 years to average a triple-double over an entire season when he did so during the 2016-17 season.
The brodie then became the first player ever in the history of NBA to average a triple-double over an entire season twice after doing it again in 2017-18. He is one of the most exciting players to watch and plays with high intensity every single night.
He is known as "Mr. Triple Double" for his ability to register triple-doubles on a nightly basis. Let us take a look at the three 50 point triple-doubles from Russell Westbrook's NBA career.
#3 at Denver Nuggets, April 9, 2017
Stat line: 50 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal on 53.1 % shooting
Westbrook posted 41 triple-doubles in the season and equaled Oscar Robertson's longstanding mark before playing their 80th game of the regular season against the Denver Nuggets. Russ also had a game-winning buzzer beater to eliminate the Denver Nuggets from playoffs contention.
The brodie finished the night shooting 17-for-32 from the field, including 5-for-12 from the three-point line. Westbrook was perfect from the free-throw line and went 11-for-11. He also had 16 rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes of action.
In the fourth quarter, with 2.9 seconds remaining, Domantas Sabonis inbounded the ball to Steven Adams who passed it to Russ and he drilled down a three-pointer from way downtown to beat the buzzer. He was mobbed by his teammates and he broke the Big O's record for highest triple-doubles in a season.