Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old NBA record for the most career triple-doubles.
He missed a potential game-winning three-pointer as the Washington Wizards lost to Atlanta Hawks by 125-124, on Monday night.
Russell completed his 182nd career triple-doubles and reached double digits in rebounds. With 8:29 remaining he completed the rebound and broke the record which was considered untouchable since 1974.
The nine-time All-Star finished the game with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists as he carried the load for a Wizards team missing Bradley Beal, the league’s No 2 scorer.
“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.”
The game ended when Westbrook got a clean look at a three-pointer with just two seconds left. But unfortunately, his shot bounced off the rim, and the Washington Wizards lost.
Robert who is now 82, played from 1960 to 1974. As he heard about his record being broken, he said that 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.
Russell Westbrook paid a tribute to the man whose record he broke. He said, “I take a lot of pride in doing everything I can to impact winning.”
“To be in a conversation with Oscar, I just want to thank him because he set the stage. The things he was able to do back in the day has allowed me to do the things that I do today. So, I’m appreciative of that, and I’m appreciative of his support as well.” He further added.
Moreover, Stephen Curry made a go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds left. He scored 36 points and lead Golden State past Western Conference-leading Utah.
In Saturday’s game, Curry did a 49-point performance and scored 11 three-pointers in 29 seconds.