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Ranking Russell Westbrook's four best triple-doubles of his career

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To say Russell Westbrook has been on a tear this season might be viewed as an understatement because of the sheer ridiculousness of the numbers he's posting on a nightly basis.

After notching his 45th career triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 112-103 win over the New York Knicks last night - his third in a row and eighth of the campaign - he is now averaging a triple-double for the season. 

The superstar point guard is putting up 30.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists a night through 19 games this year. He is one of only five players in NBA history to average a triple-double more than five games into the season, per ESPN. 

He is on pace to become only the second player after Oscar Robertson to record a triple-double campaign. 

Wilt Chamberlain had the most in a single year with 31 in 1967-68 and Russ must certainly have his eye on breaking that record. 

In the meantime, here are four of Westbrook's best triple-doubles to date:

Philadelphia 76ers (2015)

In the last few years, it hasn't been hard for All-Stars to post huge games against the lowly Sixers but this was a historically great triple-double for Westbrook.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Philadelphia 76ers

He recorded career-highs at the time in both points and rebounds, ending the game with 49 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

He also became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1988-89 to have a triple-double streak of four or more.

Los Angeles Lakers (2016)

The numbers of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists may look pretty mundane for the OKC star on the face of it, but the context behind it certainly isn't.

He put up this triple-double in just 18 first half minutes and became the third player in the past 20 seasons with a triple-double in a half. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

On top of that, it was his 18th of the campaign, tying Lakers legend Magic Johnson for the most in a single season in the past 50 years.

Golden State Warriors (2016)

The stat lines against the 76ers and Lakers were in the regular season and against two of the worst teams in the league in terms of their records.

So could he do it in the playoffs versus a team with the NBA's best ever 82-game record of 73-9? Of course he could. 

In game four of a gruelling and pulsating series, Westbrook scored 36 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 dimes to put the Thunder up 3-1 in the series and the Warriors on the brink.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

The feat made him the first player to record a 35+ point triple-double against the defending champions since Jerry West in 1969. 

Phoenix Suns (2016)

This is arguably his best one so far and it came in Oklahoma City's home opener at the start of this campaign.  

The five-time All-Star had 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists - the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.

Phoenix Suns v Oklahoma City Thunder

He may have taken a career-high 44 shots in the process, but his herculean effort saw OKC get the win and the 28-year-old make more history in the process. 

Topics:
NBA
Magic Johnson
Western Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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