WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDVM) – With 182 career triple double, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook breaks the NBA’s all-time triple double record previously held by Oscar Robertson.
With a triple-double against the Atlanta Hawks on the road, Russell brings his total for the season to 36; and is averaging a triple-double for the fourth time in his career.
“It’s just something that I never could have dreamt about, growing up in LA.” said Russell Westbrook, when asked about the moment he broke the record. “Truly grateful for moments like this, something that I should – you know normally, I don’t like to pat myself on the back, but tonight I will. Just because I’m so grateful for the ones before me, and so blessed, and thankful for the Man above to go all out and do what I do.”
“For so long that seemed like an unattainable record, and to actually be there, and be on the court when it happened; that was something special.” said Robin Lopez, when asked about his feelings during Westbrook’s record breaking moment. “That was definitely something in the back of my mind. The crowd getting into it, and everything – yeah that was something.”
With 8:31 left in the fourth quarter, down by seven points, Atlanta’s Jordan Sibert would back down in the post, and turn left for a fadeaway jumper; missing in the process. That miss, would give Westbrook the one rebound he needed, to break the all-time record.
Speaking of eye-popping stats; according to ESPN Stats and Info, this triple-double against the Atlanta Hawks would be his fifth against the franchise.
“The way he is accumulating those stats, its incredible to see, it’s really happening within the rhythm of the game.” said Robin Lopez, when asked about the criticism Westbrook gets about ‘stat-padding’. “He’s getting his teammates involved, he’s involved himself, he’s just – I think a huge part of it, I don’t think this is a surprise to anybody, a huge part of it is the way he pushes himself. He pushes himself every second he is on the floor.”
Prior to the game, Head Coach Scott Brooks took some questions from the media about Westbrook’s potential historic night; and said he didn’t think this night would ever come.
“For him to be able to do this, I never thought it would be- ever be broken.” said Scott Brooks, “There’s another record – those are the two records I never thought would be broken. Oscar Robertson’s triple double record, and Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point in that game. I have a pretty good feeling that one would never be broken. It’s pretty cool, like I said, he’s a gamechanger. He’s changed our whole organization, how we do things, and he’s just been great.”
For Westbrook, the achievement was never in the back, or forefront of his mind while playing. It was just about playing.
“I just kind of go out and play.” said Westbrook, “And every night I just try to do things, people say that can’t be done. Can’t do it, and my motto is ‘Why not?’. That’s how I live, that’s how I think each and every time I step on the floor. Do things that people said I can, or can’t do, over the years. Proving people wrong, and going out and competing. And doing that at a high level.”