Washington Wizards star guard Russell Westbrook has set the record for the most career triple-doubles on Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Westbrook finished the game with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists to record his 182nd career triple-double but even that wasn't enough as the Hawks won 125-124.
"It's just a blessing," said Westbrook, who singled out his first triple-double against Dallas as the one that stands out the most to him. "You put so much into the game, so much time, you sacrifice so much, to be able to just be mentioned with guys like Oscar, Magic and Jason Kidd, those guys, is something I never dreamed about as a young kid growing up in L.A.
Truly grateful for moments like this. "Normally I don't like to pat myself on the back but tonight I will. Just because I am so grateful for the ones before me and so blessed."
Westbrook broke the record that was set in 1974
"I never really thought about it honestly," Westbrook said when asked when he thought he could realistically catch Robertson.
"I just kind of go out and play and every night I try to do things that people say can't be done. "My motto is 'Why not?' That's how I live and that's how I think. Each and every time I step on the floor, I try to do things that people said I can't do over the years and proving people wrong."
Robertson congratulated Westbrook on breaking his record. "I'm very happy for you," Robertson said in the video. "Your family is very proud of you. And I salute you for all your accomplishments in the game of basketball."
Westbrook also acknowledged the greatness of Robertson. "I'm super grateful, especially for Oscar," Westbrook added. "He paved the way for guys like myself, he endured different things back in the time when he was playing where he was able to do that and still be effective on the floor...
I just want to thank him because without him and things he did for the game, I probably wouldn't be able to do some things now." Westbrook said he didn't know how far can he get his record. "I guess we will see in another 50 years or so," he said with a laugh.
"I don't know." "Through the good, the bad and the ugly, I always stay true to myself," Westbrook added about his mentality. "I will never change because I have been blessed to be able to play this game at a level that nobody else can play at. And I won't stop until I can't play no more."