Russell Westbrook closing fast on Oscar Robertson's all-time triple-double record

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Westbrook closing fast on all-time triple-double record originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Over the last five years, Russell Westbrook has turned triple-doubles into a nightly occurrence. 

He's on pace to average a triple-double for the fourth time in the last five seasons and owns just about every record associated with the statistical achievement, except one held by Oscar Robertson. 

Robertson finished his career with 181 triple-doubles, which is the most in the history of the NBA. Entering the final nine games of the 2020-21 campaign, Westbrook has 177. 

Triple-doubles needed for all-time record: 5

Getting five more triple-doubles in nine games seems a bit daunting, but we're talking about a player who's recorded 16 of them over his last 21 games. There is no stopping Westbrook from getting more, especially considering the fact that the Wizards are in a chase for a play-in spot and will need every point, rebound and assist he can pull together. 

If it weren't for a nagging quad injury at the beginning of the season, Westbrook may have already clinched the all-time record by now. 

Whether it's this season or next, Westbrook setting a new triple-double record is a foregone conclusion. The question then becomes, can he push the new record to a level where it never gets broken?