Along with Thunder, the Los Angeles Clippers is situated at 2.5 games behind for the fifth place and Memphis Grizzlies at the two games in front.
Here are Westbrook's last eight games. Oscar Robertson did it 41 times for the Cincinnati Royals during the 1961-1962 season-decades before the term was officially coined.
This was a road game.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Thunder are much worse when Westbrook isn't on the floor.
The final stat that makes this performance more un-Westbrook-like is his oddly low usage rate.
"Definitely, man", Westbrook said with a big smile. The team spotted at the seventh position with their records of 42 wins and 36 losses in this National Basketball Association season, at present. "That's the most important part to me".
Westbrook also moved into a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the all-time list with his 78th career triple-double - helping the playoff-bound Thunder record their largest margin of victory this season.
"I'm happy to get the win", he said afterwards when asked if he was frustrated to get so close to what would have been the record triple-double tally.
Fans in Memphis have been disappointed before when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were sidelined when the Cleveland Cavaliers came to town on December 14. The Thunder, meanwhile, have Victor Oladipo and a bunch of no-name players backing up Westbrook.
With the Thunder now up 3.5 games over the Grizz, the 6th seed is a virtual lock.
David Fizdale Pure Sarcasm Mode: "We held him from getting a triple-double".
"Right now I'm going to embrace this moment".
Westbrook - who had been on a run of seven straight triple-doubles - meanwhile was left satisfied with a win which tightens the Thunder's grip on sixth position in the Western Conference playoff rankings.
"It wasn't something I thought about", Robertson told The Oklahoman newspaper recently. "So I think it speaks to his ability to impact games in so many different ways, whether that's scoring, rebounding or assists". Westbrook needs six assists in the Thunder's remaining four games to average a triple-double for the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Bucks (40-38) shot 35.8 per cent and lost their second straight game. His current season averages in points, rebounds and assists: 31.9, 10.7 and 10.4. On top of that, he has to go into every game every night knowing that if he doesn't drop a triple-double or at the very least fill up the stat sheet, they are very likely to lose.
A series, not the entire year. And in those moments this season, Westbrook has often delivered. The Thunder have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and are 16-21 away from Chesapeake Energy Arena this season.
"Once the regular season ends and the playoffs start, it's not a topic of conversation anymore", Donovan said. "So, there's only about six more days of this".