Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson’s NBA record with 182nd career triple-double

The NBA has a new triple-double king.

The Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook broke Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old record with his 182nd career triple-double on Monday. Westbrook passed Robertson on a rebound in the fourth quarter, giving him 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks.

Westbrook has been a triple-double tear in the second half of the season. He has 36 in 2020-21, including 26 in the past two months and 18 in the Wizards’ past 21 games.

As recently as the 2014-15 season, it didn’t look like Westbrook, who played his first 11 season with Oklahoma City, would make a run at Robertson’s record.

Russell Westbrook’s 10th rebound tonight gives him 182 career triple-doubles, the MOST in @NBAHistory!

Through his first six seasons, he registered just 19 triple-doubles. In 2015-16, he began showing a penchant for triple-doubles with his explosive, hard-charging style. He had 18 that season and followed it up in 2016-17 with 42 triple-doubles, breaking Robertson’s single-season record. He won MVP that season.

He tallied 67 in the next three seasons but just eight last season with Houston. A trade to Washington before the season started gave Westbrook an opportunity to play the way he did with the Thunder. If the NBA had played a regular 82-game schedule instead of a 72-game slate this season, Westbrook may have had a chance to eclipse his single-season record.

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