Russell Westbrook sets history with second straight triple-double season

Russell Westbrook

With a rebound with nine minutes left in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook added another historic bullet point to his résumé, becoming the first player to average a triple-double in multiple seasons Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Thunder star averaged a triple-double last season with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game, but some are sceptical saying that the Thunder have padded his rebound stats this season allowing him to get boards that other players could have easily grabbed.

With much less fanfare this season, Westbrook quietly - well, as quiet as Westbrook can be - once again put up incredible numbers, and entered Wednesday's game needing 16 rebounds to clinch a second straight triple-double average. In Monday's game, eight of Westbrook's rebounds came on missed three-pointers (six defensive and two offensive) and another two rebounds came off missed free throws. This prompted a standing ovation from the hometown fans who showed their affection for "The Brodie".

"A lot people make jokes about whatever, stat-padding or going to get rebounds", Westbrook said while speaking with reporters ahead of the Thunder's final game of the season.

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Westbrook takes a lot of heat for "stat padding" for whatever that means, but regardless this accomplishment is nothing to overlook.

What will be interesting to see is if he decides to just go for it and get the 16 rebounds needed, even if it requires moving teammates out of the way or purposely missing a shot to collect his own rebound. I'm tried of hearing the same old rebound-this, stealing rebounds, all this shit.

He claimed the league's MVP award after accomplishing the feat last season, but Houston's James Harden is widely regarded as the favorite this year. I come out and play and I get the ball faster than somebody else gets to it.

The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies in the game, 137-23 to finish their season at 48-34 with the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. The line is massive, but I think the Thunder get it done here in a blowout.

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