Russell Westbrook breaks triple-doubles NBA record

Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists

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.

“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”.

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