Opta Extra: Russell Westbrook’s triple-double streak by the numbers

To understate the case, Russell Westbrook is on a roll — and Opta has the stats to prove it.

To understate the case, Russell Westbrook is on a roll.

The Thunder guard recorded his 10th consecutive triple-double Monday night, to break Hall of Famer and game-redefiner Wilt Chamberlain’s record of nine straight, set in 1968.

Here’s a look at Westbrook’s streak in an Opta Extra from our data-driven colleagues. (If you like what you see here, give @OptaLarry — as in Bird, get it? — a follow on Twitter. It’s the official feed for Opta’s stats-driven — and dare they say “illuminating” — basketball coverage.)

Russell Westbrook’s 10 Straight Triple-Doubles

— Over the course of the 10-game streak, Westbrook has averaged 19.7 points, 13.2 rebounds and 13.8 assists. The Thunder have gone 9-1 over the span.

— At 30, Westbrook is third all-time in career triple-doubles in his 11th season in the NBA and sits 54 behind career leader and Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.

Player Triple-Doubles 
Oscar Robertson 181
Magic Johnson 138
Russell Westbrook 127
Jason Kidd 107
Wilt Chamberlain 77
LeBron James 77

— Despite not being to the All-Star Break yet, Westbrook is already in the top 10 for most triple-doubles in a season.

Player Season Triple-Doubles
Russell Westbrook 2016-17 42
Oscar Robertson 1961-62 41
Wilt Chamberlain 1967-68 31
Oscar Robertson 1963-64 26
Oscar Robertson 1960-61 26
Russell Westbrook 2017-18 25
Russell Westbrook 2018-19 23
Wilt Chamberlain 1966-67 22
James Harden 2016-17 22
Oscar Robertson 1964-65 22

— Over his 10-game streak, Westbrook accumulated more triple-doubles than all but one other NBA player for the entire season (Nikola Jokic has 11 in 56 Nuggets games).

— Oklahoma City is 78-49 (.614) in games that Westbrook records a triple-double. They are 17-6 (.739) in his games with triple-doubles this season.

— Westbrook is on a pace to average a triple-double for the third straight season. Robertson is the only other player to have ever averaged a triple-double over the course of an entire season (“Big O” did it in 1961-62).

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