Russell Westbrook continues to make NBA history and rub shoulders with the great basketball legends of the United States.
The Washington Wizards point guard matched Oscar Robertson’s triple-doubles record Saturday by hitting No. 181 in his career to outrun players like Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107) and LeBron James (99).
The historic mark came in the third quarter, when the scoreboard favored the Pacers and Russell up to that point accumulated 21 points and 10 rebounds; he spent a few minutes on the bench and the tenth assist came at the end with 1:19 left. The assist went to Bradley Beal.
About seeing his mark equaled, during the week Robertson himself revealed his joy that it is Westbrook who reaches him, and will surely surpass his historical figure shortly.
“I couldn’t be happier about it. I really hope and wish that he (Russell Westbrook) surpasses me. I really enjoy the way Westbrook plays. He is a dynamic individual who spreads his energy wherever he goes. I think he is one of the great point guards of the NBA, in Washington he has done a tremendous job.
“It is ridiculous that many writers criticize him for the mere fact of not having a championship. Players do not win alone. They need a good group of teammates and a management commensurate with the level of the squad to achieve it,” said Oscar Robertson in collected statements. by the New York Times.
To add another dimension to Westbrook’s achievement, the All-Star will end up averaging a triple-double for the 4th time in his career. (Oscar Robertson did it once in 1961-62) and he could afford to finish with 0 pts, 0 rebs & 0 asts in the games remaining in the regular season and still end up averaging a triple-double per night. .
So far this season, Westbrook has 21.8 points, 11.4 boards and 11.4 assists per game.
As if that weren’t enough, Russ’s mark came in the game against the Indiana Pacers, a team against which he encrypted his tenth triple figure, a fact that set another record, since with Saturday’s Westbook he added his tenth triple figure against Indiana. That led him to equal the most triple-doubles against the same opponent in his career, according to data from ESPN Stats & Info.
In this way the Wizards ‘4’ joined Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to register at least 10 triple-doubles against the same opponent.