- Russell Westbrook is now the first to log 30-10-20 triple-double since Magic Johnson
- Wizards guard scorches Pacers for the historic triple-double as he overtakes franchise lead in only 38 games
Over the past several season, the 32 year old Russell Westbrook has bent the triple-double as per his will, rewriting the league’s record books at an astounding pace.
On Monday night, in what was just the 38th match as a Wizard, Westbrook was able to dethrone Darrell Walker as the franchise lead, logging triple-double number 16 with Washington — and No. 162 overall — in spectacular fashion.
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By the final whistle of the match, Westbrook had accumulated 35 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best 21 assists in the Washington Wizards’ 132-124 victory over the Indiana Pacers. It marked just the third time in league history where a player topped 30 points, 10 rebounds and 20 assists. The other two being:
- Oscar Robertson (32-15-20) who managed to do it on the December 11, 1961 vs. Chicago
- Magic Johnson (32-11-20) who managed to attain the feat on the 28th of November, 1988 at Philadelphia.
The only Wizard player who achieved a 20-point, 20-assist triple-double was Rod Strickland (21-12-20) who did it on the 10th of February 1998.
Overall, Westbrook is now tied with Oscar Robertson as the only player with five seasons of at least 15 triple-doubles.
After the game, Westbrook said, “Tonight guys helped me out making shots. Cutting, moving. Made it easy on me.”
Here are Westbrook 20-point, 20-assist triple-doubles
|17-Dec-16||OKC vs. PHO||26||11||22|
|10-Jan-20||OKC at SAS||24||13||24|
|02-Apr-20||OKC vs. LAL||20||20||21|
|29-Mar-21||WAS vs. IND||25||14||21|