Russell Westbrook's latest triple-double sets NBA mark for points

By Ron Clements 30 March 2017
Russell Westbrook's latest triple-double sets NBA mark for points

Russell Westbrook recorded his 38th triple-double of the season Wednesday, moving the Thunder guard just three shy of Oscar Robertson's record 41 triple-doubles in the 1961-62 season.

Westbrook's latest triple-double is one of his most impressive.

He had 13 rebounds and 11 assists, but scored 57 points in Oklahoma City's 114-106 win over the Magic on Wednesday.

The 57 points scored is the most ever in a triple-double in NBA history. Westbrook was 21 of 40 from the floor, including 6 of 15 from behind the 3-point line. 

The previous record for points scored in a triple-double was 53, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 and then tied by James Harden earlier this season. 

Westbrook, who had a 51-point triple-double last year, also joins Harden, Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only players with multiple 50-point triple-doubles.

The Thunder (43-31) have won eight of their last 10, but needed Westbrook's heroics Wednesday to force overtime. Westbrook scored 19 points in the fourth quarter after the Thunder trailed 82-72 after three periods. The MVP candidate drained a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to tie the Magic (27-48) at 102-102.

He then had six points, three rebounds and a pair of assists in overtime to lead the Thunder to a victory at Amway Center. The Thunder are currently sixth in the Western Conference, but were just half a game behind the Clippers, who played host to the Wizards late Wednesday night. 

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