We all know how incredible Russell Westbrook is when he has a basketball in his hands on the court, but last night was a historic night for him for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The current reigning NBA MVP notched up another triple-double performance to help the Thunder defeat the Hawks 119-107 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta last night, scoring 32 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He also had a steal and a block and he was 12-of-20 from the field.
Westbrook sealed his triple-double performance when he grabbed a defensive rebound with 2:38 remaining in the game, and it received a loud cheer from the Atlanta crowd as well, as it was a historic triple-double.
With his triple-double performance, the Thunder star became the fourth player in NBA history to record 100 triple-doubles, joining an exclusive club that includes Oscar Robertson (181 triple-doubles), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107).
He becomes the third fastest player to reach the milestone behind Robertson who needed just 277 games to get 100, while Johnson accomplished the feat in his 656th game. Westbrook has achieved the goal after 736 games in his career.
The current MVP said after the game to ESPN: "Oh man, just an unbelievable blessing. I give thanks to the man above just for allowing me to go out and play the game I love each and every night. I never take it for granted.
"The group of guys that's ahead are Hall of Famers. I'm just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys."
The Thunder star could definitely set the new benchmark for triple-doubles before his career is up. He's only seven triple-doubles away from Kidd's 107, so that's a marker he could pass before the end of the season.
As for Johnson's 138 and Robertson's 181, those are two other markers he could pass before the end of his playing career. Russ is only 29, so time is definitely on his side. So long as he stays healthy, he very well could become the new leader with the most triple-doubles in NBA history.
Westbrook will be looking to add to his triple-double tally when the Thunder play next on Friday back in Oklahoma City against the Los Angeles Clippers.