Russell Westbrook’s season laden with triple-doubles are well documented. The former Rockets player is now cranking things up by scoring extraordinary triple doubles instead of the regular ones. After having notched a 20 assist and 20 rebound game earlier this season, he managed to replicate the stat in Washington Wizards’ win over Indiana Pacers.
In the process, he became the first player in history to register over 20 assists and 20 rebounds in NBA history.
During the pivotal 154-141 win over Pacers in their pursuit of making the play-in tournament, Westbrook slammed 14 points, career high 21 points and career high tying 24 assists.
After notching his 32nd triple-double of the season, Westbrook is only 3 behind Oscar Robertson’s all-time high tally of 181. This game also sealed the point guard’s triple-double average for the season, for the fourth time in his career.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks was all praise for the player whose run of form puts them in a realistic chance of making it to the playoffs through the play-in tournament.
“Point guards don’t do what he does. He’s not normal; they’re not built that way, There may be someone that probably shoots better. There might be someone that probably can do certain things better. But there’s nobody in the history of the game that can do what he does throughout the stat sheet,” Brooks said
Westbrook labelled himself as the best playmaker in the league following his exploits which takes his average assists to 11 per game.
“Me, personally, I feel like I’m the best playmaker in this league, because I’m able to do things I don’t think nobody else can do.” Westbrook said
Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis, having been Westbrook’s teammate in 2016-17 with Oklahoma City Thunder, led the scoring for the visitors with 32 points and 20 rebounds.
“There’s a lot of pressure on him to perform, and he comes out and does it.” Sabonis said
Westbrook and co. break records following offensive mayhem
The Wizards had a good outing at home to record their eighth win from their last 10 games. Westbrook and co. led 82-66 at the halfway mark to seal Wizards’ highest-scoring half for the season.
While Westbrook accounted for 24 assists, the rest of the 26 assists registered by the rest of the team made it a franchise record. It was also the seventh time that they scored over 150 points.