The Houston Rockets recorded their first win of the 2019-20 season with a 126-123 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. It was more than just a win for the newest Rocket Russell Westbrook who scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and handed out 13 assists. The triple-double was Westbrook’s 139th of his career moving him past the great Earvin “Magic” Johnson for second on all-time list.
The most triple-doubles in NBA history is held by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson who recorded 181 during his career. Robertson was the first player in league history to average a triple-double over the course of an entire season. Westbrook became the second accomplishing the feat in each of the past three seasons. Johnson, who now holds third place all-time with 138 triple-doubles, holds the record for most postseason triple-doubles with 30.
It was a good thing Westbrook was clicking against the Pelicans. Teammate James Harden was off missing 16 of his 18 3-point attempts. Harden would finish with 29 points but needed 29 shots to get there. In games where Westbrook reaches a triple-double, his teams are now 111-28.
The new season is young, but Westbrook is off to another triple-double start. Through two games, the former league MVP is averaging 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists per game.
Westbrook will likely surpass Robertson’s career record. Westbrook does hold the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42. He also has the record for most consecutive games with a triple-double with 10 set just last season.