There was a time when I thought Magic Johnson chalking up 12 or 13 triple doubles in a season was ridiculous, but this is insane.
Russell Westbrook passed a legend after grabbing 10th rebound when the Thunder took on the visiting Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
With 33 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, two steals, and a pair of blocks — Westbrook recorded his 32nd triple-double of the 2016-17 regular season — moving him past the legendary Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most triple-doubles in a single campaign.
Westbrook now needs nine more triple-doubles over the final 16 games to tie Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 set back in 1961-62.
The Big O averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists that year.
Russell is also climbing the all-time triple doubles list as well.
Most NBA triple-doubles (career)
RANK PLAYER TRIPLE-DOUBLES
1 Oscar Robertson 181
2 Magic Johnson 138
3 Jason Kidd 107
4 Wilt Chamberlain 78
5 Russell Westbrook 69
6 Larry Bird 59
7 LeBron James 50
Entering Saturday’s game with the Jazz –Westbrook was averaging 31.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 10.1 assists in 34.8 minutes for the 36-29 Thunder.