OKLAHOMA CITY – With badistance in the Thunder's first three baskets in just over a minute on Friday against the Detroit Pistons, Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double average for the third consecutive season.
Paul George connected a wing jumper set by Westbrook with 10:54 remaining in the first quarter, which gave Westbrook 730 badists in the season. Because he is able to finish the regular season with a maximum of 73 games played, he can average no less than 10 badists.
Westbrook became the first player since 1962 and the second to average a triple double in the 2016-17 season. Last season, he did it again, needing 16 rebounds on the last night of the season and shooting 20 to secure the average.
Westbrook has 31 double-pointers this season, tied for third in a season. He has the record of 42 double triples in a season, established in 2016-17. On Tuesday, Westbrook made history by becoming the second player to publish a game 20-20-20, with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 badists. Earlier this season, he made history in the NBA by posting a triple double in 11 consecutive games.
When entering the game on Friday, Westbrook averaged 23.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.5 badists per game.