The NBA has a new triple-double king.
The Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook broke Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old record with his 182nd career triple-double on Monday.
Westbrook passed Robertson on a rebound in the fourth quarter, giving him 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks. Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in a 125-124 loss. Westbrook missed a 3-pointer in the game’s final shot. He collected the game ball from referee Tom Washington after the final buzzer.
“It’s just a blessing,” Westbrook said. “You put so much into the game, so much time, you sacrifice so much and to be able to mentioned with guys like Oscar, Magic (Johnson), Jason Kidd, it’s just something I never dreamt about as a young kid growing up L.A. I’m truly grateful for moments like this.
“I take this job very serious, and I’m super grateful for my teammates and coaches along my journey. Special thanks for my family because they sacrificed so much of their time and energy to allow me to do some of the things I’m able to do – my wife, my kids, my mom, my dad, my brother. The sacrifices they’ve made don’t go unnoticed.”