Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson document with 181st triple-double


Russell Westbrook’s triple-double rift continued with a record breaking night on Saturday.

Westbrook had 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists on Saturday to combine Oscar Robertson’s long-running NBA record with his 181st career triple double in the Washington Wizards’ 133-132 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Westbrook secured the record-breaking triple-double at the end of the third quarter but saved his biggest games for the end of overtime when the Wizards needed them. And its biggest came on the defensive end of the floor.

While Bradley Beal was out in overtime with a hamstring injury, Westbrook scored or supported all nine of the Wizards’ points in overtime.


Down 130-126, Westbrook Davis found Bertans for a 3 and then hit a driving layup to give Washington a head start. After Edmond Sumner put Indiana back into position with a bucket, Westbrook fouled and hit two free throws to put the Wizards a second ahead of 133-132.

Caris LeVert took a close look at a potential winner 3. However, Westbrook jumped out to block the shot and ensure victory. Westbrook grabbed the cue ball as a keepsake and let out a roar after the win.

Beal poured 50 points but was injured in the third quarter. He drove along the baseline to lie down, then immediately hobbled off the floor into the locker room. He returned later in the quarter and played most of the rest of the regulation before leaving late in the fourth. He missed the wizards’ final possession and all overtime.

Domantas Sabonis, a former Westbrook teammate on the Oklahoma City Thunder, had his own triple-double for the Pacers with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. LeVert had 35 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Westbrook received his 10th assist late in the third quarter to secure the record-breaking triple-double. He put Beal up for a dime in the alley for the dime and the milestone.

Westbrook now has 35 triple doubles this season, but he’s gotten a real rift in the past two months. The triple-double Saturday was his 25th in his last 32 games.

Robertson’s record has been in existence for nearly half a century. The Hall of Famer retired in 1974. Robertson became the first player in league history to averaged a triple-double for a full season between 1961 and 1962 and remained the only one until Westbrook accomplished the feat in 2016-17.

Earlier this week, Westbrook secured a seasonal triple-double average for the fourth time in the past five years. He went into the league on Saturday with an average of 21.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 11.4 assists.

While much of the conversation was about Westbrook and his record-breaking triple-double, it somewhat overshadowed the importance of victory to the Wizards. They have won 15 of their last 19 games and finished half a game ahead of the Pacers for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The ninth starting place is the tenth starting place in the new play-in tournament.

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