Russell Westbrook has collected his 10th straight triple double. Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain , who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968. Westbrook already was the only person to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons, and he set the single-season record for triple-doubles with 42 in 2016-17.
James Harden's video game like #'s were on full display last night as well, he's scored 30+ points in 30 straight games. That doesn't even sound right. He's now just one game from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak of 30-point games in NBA history. Chamberlain also holds the top 30-point game streak with 65 in a row. (As you can tell, Wilt was pretty good in his day). Now, I don't think Harden will get to 65 games. In fact, for this season, if Harden's streak continued, he would finish the year with 57 consecutive 30+ point games, and the record would have to wait for next season to continue on.
Either way, these two are doing things that we haven't seen since Wilt was dunking through peach baskets, and I'm not sure we can fully appreciate it since we're witnessing both at the same time. It's like greatness overload.
Personally, I contend that what Westbrook is doing is more difficult, because of the well rounded nature of a triple double, Harden is great, but the offense runs through him 100% of the time. So, I'm nit picking, but that's what happens when you debate greatness.
Anyway, Shot and I will debate this topic later today on the 2nd episode of In the Zone (3-6pm). For now, watch the two studs go head to head on NBA2K's black top, and catch their highlights below as well. Enjoy and good morning.