Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s NBA record for the most career triple-doubles in his side’s defeat by the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Westbrook reached double digits in rebounds, points and assists for the 182nd time in his career.
However, Westbrook missed a possible game-winning buzzer-beater as the Wizards lost 125-124.
Congratulations to Russell Westbrook for making NBA history passing Oscar Robertson to become the all-time leader in triple-doubles! @russwest44 🔥 https://t.co/lMZJ6lIg5O
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 11, 2021
“I’m truly grateful for moments like this,” he said of his record-breaking achievement. “Normally, I don’t like to pat myself on the back, but tonight I will.”
Robertson, 82, who played from 1960 to 1974, said he was “very happy” for Westbrook.
“Your family is very proud of you, and I salute you for all your accomplishments in the game of basketball,” he added.
Magic Johnson – who sits third on the triple-double list – said he was “proud” of Westbrook and fifth-placed LeBron James called it “an incredible feat”.