Last season, Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for the entire year, joining legend Oscar Robertson.
Averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in 34.6 minutes per contest, Westbrook’s historic campaign ended appropriately with him hoisting the MVP trophy. Although James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and others have received most of the attention regarding this year’s MVP award, Westbrook’s numbers have been amazing yet again.
Entering the final two games of the season, he needed 34 total rebounds to accomplish yet another season-long triple-double. For any other guard, that’d be a tall task, but not for Westbrook.
On Monday, he dropped 23 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in a victory over the Miami Heat. On Wednesday, he followed that up with a six-point, 20-rebound, 19-assist performance in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
In the process, he became the first player in league history to average a triple-double in two different seasons.
Westbrook’s intention to pick up 16 rebounds was obvious from the opening tip. At halftime, he had just one point, 11 rebounds and 12 assists and attempted two shots.
He grabbed his 16th in the third quarter.
On the season, he averaged 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists overall. Considering the fact that Paul George and Carmelo Anthony played alongside him, it’s remarkable that he was still able to accomplish the feat.
Earlier in the day at shootaround, Westbrook made it clear that he has no patience for those who diminish his statistic accomplishments.
"A lot people make jokes about whatever, stat-padding or going to get rebounds," Westbrook told reporters, per ESPN’s Royce Young. "If people could get 20 rebounds every night, they would. If people could get 15 rebounds, they would. People that's talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try doing it and see how hard it is.”
"Since everybody wants to be talking, I'm tired of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this s---. I take pride in what I do. I come out and play, and I get the ball faster than someone else gets to it. That's what it is. If you don't want it, I'm gonna get it. Simple as that,” he concluded.
It was obvious that he wanted every board on Wednesday night.
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