Russell Westbrook and LeBron James take triple-doubles to new heights

Russell Westbrook and LeBron James both made history on Sunday night Getty Images

In a season where triple-doubles have become the norm, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James added another wrinkle to an impressive season.

Westbrook and James became the the third pair of players in NBA history to score 40-points in a triple-double on the same day. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that they were the first pair since since Pete Maravich with the New Orleans Jazz (40 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Milwaukee Bucks (50 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists) hit those marks on Jan. 19, 1975.

Elgin Baylor (50 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists) and Wilt Chamberlain (51 points, 29 rebounds, 11 assists) both topped 50 on Feb. 13, 1963.

Westbrook's day

Westbrook notched his 40th triple-double of the season, this time -- and for the first time -- against the Charlotte Hornets. He is now one shy of Oscar Robertson's record for the most in a single season. This was his seventh 40-point triple-double this season, tied with James Harden for the most in a single season in NBA history.

It was also Westbrook's sixth straight game with a triple-double. He became the first player in NBA history to have separate streaks of more than five triple-doubles in the same season.

Unfortunately for Westbrook, his huge game came in a loss for the Oklahoma City Thunder, his second while recording a triple-double at home. According to Elias, he is the first player since Maurice Stokes of the Cincinnati Royals in the 1957-58 season to record back-to-back triple-doubles in home losses.

LeBron's night

James reached his fourth career 40-point triple-double in a double-overtime win for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Indiana Pacers. It's his 11th triple-double this season. Before 2016-17, his most in a season was seven.

His 41 points were the third most he has scored in a triple-double. It marked the first time in James' career that he tallied 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game.

James became the third player this season to have a 40-point triple-double, making this the third such season in NBA history, according to Elias, and first since 1962-63. Then it was Robertson, Baylor and Chamberlain. In 1961-62, it was Robertson, Baylor, Jerry West and Richie Guerin.

Something about 40

Sunday marked the first time in nearly 10 years that four players scored at least 40 points in a game on the same night. James, Westbrook, Paul George and Stephen Curry composed the list Sunday. James, Kevin Martin, David West and Damien Wilkins all reached those marks on Nov. 16, 2007.