Early in the third quarter, Westbrook handed out his sixth assist of the game, which guaranteed that he will average a triple-double for the season, making him the first player to achieve that feat since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season.
The assist was No. 820 on the season for Westbrook, who entered the game with 2,480 points, 831 rebounds and 814 assists.
How do we know he’ll finish with the triple-double average? Westbrook needed at least 820 in each category to average double digits in each category -- 820 divided by 82 (games) equals 10. Even if Westbrook doesn’t score another point or record another rebound or assist for the remainder of the regular season, he will have the necessary marks to average 10 per game in each category.
It was not a particularly good individual game performance for Westbrook or the Thunder, who lost 120-99. Westbrook just missed recording his 42nd triple-double game of the season -- and it was. He scored 23 points, had 12 rebounds and 8 assists, but he started 0-for-11 from the field with 1 free throw with just over two minutes to play in the first half.