After securing 38 rebounds in his final two games, Russell Westbrook became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in back-to-back seasons.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard got there, snaring more than the 16 rebounds he needed in a win over the Grizzlies to become the first National Basketball Association player to average a triple-double in multiple seasons, but his pursuit of the feat this time was accompanied by distinctly less hullabaloo than when he accomplished it in the 2016-17 campaign. And minutes into the third quarter, Westbrook had his historical moment pulling down rebound number 16 in just 22 minutes.
Now that he would be doing it for the first time since last season, rather than the first time since Oscar Robinson in 1961-62, it's not that big of a deal.
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Paul George scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook got his 25th triple-double of the season and the Thunder ran wild in the fourth quarter on the way to wrapping up a Western Conference playoff berth with a 115-93 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night. We played hard, we fought back, we cut it down to nine.
Still, Westbrook has had to respond to a similar criticism for the better part of a year now, and just 16 rebounds away from making history yet again, Westbrook fired back at those who might try to dismiss his accomplishments. I feel like we have a good chance to get a top-five pick. It was unheard of, something many of us had not seen in our lifetimes.
In fact, many are quick ot point out that the 2017 MVP steals rebounds from teammates.
"A lot people make jokes about, you know, stat padding or going to get rebounds". If people could f-ing get 15 rebounds, they would. I think the mob rule mentality after mistakes is one of the worst things about America. In the twilight of his career, it's undoubtedly cool for him to hear an MVP like Westbrook give him a shoutout for his leadership and teamwork. "Either is plausible. But even if you took a rebound a game away from Westbrook, you've still got a guy who leads the National Basketball Association in scoring one year, in assists the next, and remains one of the great rebounding guards in National Basketball Association history".
"If I get to the ball faster than somebody else gets to it, that's just what it is".