Russell Westbrook's record-breaking season in Opta numbers

Russell Westbrook made NBA history during the regular season and now has the hardware to reward his accomplishments.

Russell Westbrook made NBA history on Sunday as he broke Oscar Robertson's triple-double record with his 42nd of an incredible individual campaign.

Westbrook achieved the feat in style, scoring 50 points and hitting a game-winning buzzer-beating three-pointer against the Denver Nuggets.

But how does his season stack up against Robertson's stunning 1961-62 campaign? And how has his individual greatness affected his Oklahoma City Thunder team?

Here we look at the best Opta data from a season-long exhibition from the All-Star point guard.

 

- Westbrook has averaged 31.9 points per game, over a point more than Robertson did in 61-62, when he put up 30.8 per match.

- By contrast Westbrook's averages for rebounds (10.7) and assists (10.4) are both lower than those set by Robertson, who racked up 12.5 rebounds per game along with 11.4 assists.

- Though Westbrook is now top of the pile, Robertson still dominates the list of best seasons in terms of triple-doubles. In addition to putting up 41 in 61-62, he also had 26 the season before and in 1963-64, as well as 22 in 1964-65.

- Wilt Chamberlain, who holds the record for most points in an NBA game with 100, is third on the list for most triple-doubles in a season, having recorded 31 in 1967-68.

- After Westbrook, the next three players on the list for most triple-doubles this season are James Harden (21), LeBron James (13) and Nikola Jokic (6). His 42 is two more than Harden, James and Jokic's totals combined.

- Westbrook scored 57 points while setting a triple-double in a win over the Orlando Magic in March. Since 1983, a player scoring at least 50 while posting a triple-double has only happened five times, Westbrook is responsible for three of those games, with James Harden achieving the feat twice.

- Westbrook is the only player in NBA history to post a triple-double without missing a shot, having done so when he went 6-6 from the field and 6-6 on free throws against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 22.

- His worst field goal percentage in setting a triple-double came in a February 24 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Westbrook shot just 22.2 per cent from the field in that game.

- The Thunder are 33-9 this term when Westbrook gets a triple-double. They are 13-25 when he does not.

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