Washington Wizards star guard Russell Westbrook made history on Saturday night as he tied Oscar Robertson for most career triple-doubles. Westbrook had a huge performance against the Indiana Pacers as he dropped 33 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out 15 assists in a 133-132 overtime win.
Westbrook sealed two clutch free throws in overtime and then blocked Caris LeVert on a three-point attempt to seal the win for the Wizards. "I'm so grateful, thankful and blessed," said Westbrook, who can set the new triple-doubles career record as early as Monday when the Wizards play in Atlanta.
"I take a lot of pride in doing everything to impact winning as much as I can and leave it on the floor. "To be in the conversation with Oscar, for one, I want to thank him because he set the stage and sacrificed a lot of things for us to be able to go out and play.
The times he played in and the things he was able to do back in the day has allowed me to be able to do the things I want to do today. I am just grateful for him, his words and appreciative of his support as well."
Westbrook achieved a huge milestone
"[Eventually] breaking Oscar's record is unbelievable," Washington head coach Scott Brooks said.
"There are certain players in the league history that they are just on a pedestal, you just don't think that they are even real. Until you meet them, you just think they are some mythical character. Oscar Robertson is one of the greatest players to ever play the game and he is arguably one of the top 10 players." Bradley Beal also had a huge performance for the Wizards as he dropped a game-high 50 points.
"We were part of Russ' historical night tonight," Beal said. "That kind of takes the cake on everything. From the history of the game to the evolution of the game to where we are now, Russ is one of the best players to ever pick up a basketball.
"To do that on a nightly basis, it is very tough to do," Beal said. "I think people kind of [give him] side-eye... or whatever the case may be. But you try going out there doing it every single night... And this is Russ' fourth time [averaging a triple-double]? That just speaks volumes."