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Russell Westbrook will finish third straight season with triple-double average

Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes to a teammate between Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) and guard Rajon Rondo (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of any player matching Oscar Robertson’s feat of averaging a triple-double for the season seemed ludicrously impossible.

Then Russell Westbrook did it. And then he did it again.

With three quick assists for the Thunder Friday night, Westbrook assured he will do it for a third straight season.

That, by the way, was not close to his best pass of the night.

Westbrook’s shooting efficiency dropped dramatically this season from last (and it had dropped last season from his MVP campaign), with a true shooting percentage at 49.9, well below the league average. Still, he is a force of nature who impacts and changes games, defenses constantly have to account for him, and his attacking style pushes them back on their heels. Westbrook remains one of the game’s elite players.

And he keeps putting up mind-boggling numbers.