Russell Westbrook’s pursuit of a triple-double average over the 2016-17 season is now a big enough story that it’s not crazy to cover it on a daily basis. With 10 triple-doubles in this season’s 20 games prior to Sunday’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans, Westbrook’s early-season achievements are not just hopeful indicators of a feat that has been achieved just one other time in the history of the NBA. At this point, it would almost be surprising if he didn’t keep up the pace.
In that case, it’s not especially notable that Westbrook put up a triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 101-92 win over New Orleans at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook’s 28 points (10-of-23 FG), 18 rebounds, and 12 assists were indicative of his overall impact on the result. As in most OKC games, Westbrook did everything the team could possibly ask of him to score, attack the glass, and set up his teammates.
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