Russell Westbrook Enters Rare Territory With Latest Triple-Double

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Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook sent Twitter into a frenzy, posting an absurd 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 21 assists in their 132-124 win over the Indiana Pacers. Westbrook hit back-to-back triples in the fourth quarter to seal the game in the absence of Bradley Beal who sat out with a hip contusion.

Russell Westbrook Enters Rare Territory With Latest Triple-Double

Etching into NBA History… again

Triple-doubles have become synonymous with Russell Westbrooks’s name since breaking Oscar Robinson’s record in 2016-17.  But his latest feat has etched himself into NBA history, becoming the first player to post a triple-double with at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and 20 assists. To top it off, Westbrook was able to achieve this shooting 14-26 from the field (53%), 4-6 from three (67%), and 3-5 from the line.

Westbrook now owns an NBA record six 20-point/20-assist games in the last five years.

Westbrook also joins NBA greats Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson to have at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 20 assists in a game.

When any player joins the NBA’s elite, it’s a feat to behold. It’s crazy to think Westbrook was considered a defensive-minded guard with a limited offensive game when he entered the NBA.

Russell Westbrook Breaks Franchise Record in 38 Games

Entering the contest, Westbrook was tied with the Wizards triple-double record of 15. This performance gives him his 16th to now own the record outright in just 38 games.

This is the first taste of Westbrook’s excellence for Washington Wizards’ fans. Since 2016-17, he has continued to put up absurd numbers, and yesterday’s performance is up there with one of his best.

Final Thoughts

When it is all said and done, Westbrook will go down as one of the greats at the point guard position. The Wizards will need more of these kinds of performances to turn their season around as they hunt for a playoff spot.

If he plays like this, it will become a reality.

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