NBA Grabs Rebound from Russell Westbrook, Killing Triple Double

Russell Westbrook
The Associated Press

On Monday, the NBA rescinded a Russell Westbrook rebound from Sunday. The rebound retraction means that the Oklahoma City Thunder guard enters the stat book as scoring 12 points, dishing 17 assists, and pulling down a mere nine rebounds in the victory over the Miami Heat.

The NBA killjoys killed the man’s triple double.

That means Westbrook enjoys nine games of points, rebounds, and assists in double figures. He seeks to join Magic, Larry, Michael, and other elite company in lodging double-figures worth of triple doubles in a season.

Westbrook has shined without the services of reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant. He averages 27.8 points, 8.5 assists, and 7.3 rebounds a game. Should he play at a competitive level into his seventies, he stands a shot at breaking Oscar Robertson’s record of 181 career triple doubles. Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Wilt Chamberlain, and Larry Bird follow the Cincinnati Royals/Milwaukee Bucks great on the list. LeBron James leads active NBA players with 47 career triple doubles.

Westbrook gets another crack at hardwood immortality tonight. The 40-30 Thunder host the 18-50 Lakers.