Russell Westbrook ended with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists to become the all-time leader in triple doubles in NBA history.
Per ESPN, That simple rebound in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 125-124 loss at Atlanta completed a history-making triple-double that snapped a record many thought was previously unattainable and had stood since Robertson recorded his 181st triple-double on March 24, 1974. Robertson had been the all-time leader in the category since he took the lead during the 1961-62 season.
“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.
The Wizards released a video featuring reaction and congratulations from some of the greatest to ever play the game, starting with Robertson.
1️⃣8️⃣2️⃣ TRIPLE-DOUBLES 😤👏
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 11, 2021
“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.”