By Harvey Hoffman
The W#izards Russell Westbrook recorded his 182nd career triple-double last night against the Hawks, breaking an Oscar Robertson record that stood for 47 years.
“I salute you for all your accomplishments in the game of basketball,” Robertson said in a congratulatory video for Westbrook.
“Someone had to do it, why not you,” Lakers superstar LeBron James said.
Westbrook tallied 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds, missing a shot at the buzzer in a 125-124 loss to Atlanta after leading the Wizards back from a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He tied the record with a 33-point, 19-rebound, 15-assist performance on Saturday. The 32-year-old is on pace to average a triple-double for the fourth time in five seasons.
“You’re gonna go down as Mr. Triple-Double,” former Mavericks guard and current Lakers assistant Jason Kidd said.
Westbrook entered second on the Wizards with 22 points per game and leads the team with 11.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game.
Washington fell to 32-37 with the loss but is still on track to make the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.