Dealing with only triple-doubles, especially in the second half of the season, Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook registered the 181st triple-double of his career. This puts him on level with Oscar Robertson in the all-time leading list and could very well surpass it next week.
Westbrook managed to reach the landmark figure in the fourth quarter of a scintillating fixture against Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The former Rockets player scored 33 points, 15 assists, and 19 rebounds to push the contest into overtime, where they emerged as winners by a single point. He stepped up with a couple of clutch free-throws and a game-ending block as well.
He has already notched up 35 triple doubles this season and will end the campaign with a triple-double average as well. Moreover, he recorded 14 of those triple-doubles in the month of April alone, making it a new record.
“I take a lot of pride in doing everything I can to impact winning,” “To be in a conversation with Oscar, I just want to thank him because he set the stage.
“The things he was able to do back in the day has allowed me to do the things that I do today. So I’m appreciative of that, and I’m appreciative of his support as well.” Westbrook said after the game.
He will be on the lookout to break his own record of most number of triple doubles in a season which is currently set at 42.
Westbrook and Beal set the court ablaze to gain valuable lead in the play-in race
Apart from Westbrook’s triple-double, Bradley Beal’s 50-point display also stole the limelight in the crucial win that solidifies their stance for the play-in tournament.
“I knew he was going to get it, I didn’t know if he would get it this year,” “For him to pass up Oscar Robertson is absolutely incredible. I hope some way, he [Robertson] can come [to a game], I’d love to meet him,”
“There are certain guys in NBA history who you put on a pedestal and until you meet them they’re sort of mythical,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks was all praise for the ace player
The next two games for Wizards are against the Atlanta Hawks away from home.