Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson for combined reg. season and playoff triple-doubles

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Westbrook ties Robertson for combined reg. season and playoff triple-doubles originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As Russell Westbrook seems to be achieving a triple-double on a nightly basis, the Washington Wizards point guard has just reached another milestone. Per Stathead.com, Westbrook has officially tied the ‘triple-double king,’ Oscar Robertson, for combined regular-season and postseason triple-doubles with 189.

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Although the Wizards would end up losing 135-134 to Milwaukee on Wednesday night, Westbrook posted 29 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists — remarkable for any other player. This statline seems to be nothing out of the ordinary for ‘Russ.’ It was the point guard’s fifth triple-double in his last six games.

However, although Westbrook’s milestone does put him in conversation with the greats, the holy grail of triple-doubles still eludes him: the regular-season record. Oscar Robertson, former NBA champion, MVP and Hall of Famer, holds that all-time record with 181. Westbrook’s regular-season total improved to 179 on Wednesday.

Washington has six regular-season games remaining before the 2021 playoffs. Russell Westbrook looks primed to become the undisputed triple-double king during that time, given his current streak, but nothing is guaranteed.

Assuredly more important to him would be securing the Wizards’ place in the playoffs. At 10th in the Eastern Conference, Washington holds the last spot to qualify for the NBA’s play-in tournament to determine playoff eligibility.