It’s already widely-accepted that the Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook will go down as a triple-double legend among the many nice gamers to play within the NBA and final night time’s sport towards the Indiana Pacers solely served to additional verify his historic standing.
In a 134-132 victory over the Pacers, the nine-time All-Star logged his 162nd triple-double, which was additionally his sixteenth triple-double with the Wizards in 38 profession video games with the franchise (per NBA.com’s Information Providers)
Along with his efficiency of Monday night time, Westbrook now leads in franchise historical past with probably the most triple-doubles, eclipsing former guard Darrell Walker (who set the previous document after enjoying 283 video games with the Wizards).
Employed to be the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder’s head coach the 12 months that the Thunder drafted the UCLA standout with the fourth total decide, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is not any stranger to Westbrook’s dominance and dedication to the sport:
“He does issues that I’ve by no means seen,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks mentioned of Westbrook, whom he additionally beforehand coached in Oklahoma Metropolis. “He’s a winner, man. He fights. He’s not good, and quite a lot of instances the geniuses wish to have a look at the issues that he doesn’t do properly. However generally they overlook in regards to the different issues that he does properly.”
Westbrook’s eye-popping numbers on Monday included marks of 35 factors, 14 rebounds and a career-high 21 assists, making him simply the third participant in NBA historical past to document no less than 30 factors, 10 rebounds and 20 assists in a sport. Brodie joins elite firm along with his newest statistical anomaly, becoming a member of Corridor of Fame level guards Oscar Robertson (32-15-20) and Magic Johnson (32-11-20) as the one gamers to perform the feat.
Though Westbrook has been an amazing participant all through the course of his profession and mastered the artwork of the triple-double, he nonetheless stays humble about his reward:
““I don’t deserve the credit score, truthfully,” Westbrook mentioned of the feat. “I all the time give credit score to the person above for blessing me with the power to play, and alongside these strains, I’ve so many nice coaches and teammates that make my job simple and assist me out. Assists don’t occur. I can’t make the photographs.”