Russell Westbrook thanked Oscar Robertson for setting the stage after he tied the NBA legend’s file for profession triple-doubles on Saturday.
Westbrook recorded his 181st triple-double to assist the Wizards to a 133-132 win over the Indiana Pacers, tallying 33 factors, 19 rebounds and 15 assists.
He hit two clutch free throws to offer the Wizards the lead with a second left in extra time after which clinched the win with a shocking block of Caris LeVert’s last-ditch three-point try.
In his first season with the Wizards, Westbrook has racked up 35 triple-doubles, 14 of which got here final month. The file holder for many in a season with 42 in 2016-17, Westbrook (22 pts, 11.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists) will common a triple-double in a season for the fourth time in his profession.
Westbrook will look to assert the outright file for triple-doubles, which Robertson has owned since 1961-62 when he turned the primary to common a triple-double throughout a single marketing campaign, because the Wizards go to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
“I am so grateful, grateful and blessed,” Westbrook mentioned. “I take a number of delight in doing all the pieces to impression successful as a lot as I can and go away it on the ground.
“To be within the dialog with Oscar, for one, I need to thank him as a result of he set the stage and sacrificed a number of issues for us to have the ability to exit and play.
“The instances he performed in and the issues he was in a position to do again within the day has allowed me to have the ability to do the issues I need to do at this time.
“I’m simply grateful for him, his phrases and appreciative of his help as properly.”
“You bought to need it greater than the opposite participant,” Westbrook added of the strategy he takes to rebounding. “You may form of undergo the motions and form of let the sport take management of you or you may take management of the sport.
“I all the time attempt to discover methods to impression and assist us and do something I can to assist us win.
“I need to ensure that I go away all the pieces I’ve on the ground. And when I’m all mentioned and finished, I can look again and no person can ever say that I did not compete on the highest stage or cheated the sport. I can exit and compete each night time and that’s all I can do every day.”
Workforce-mate Bradley Beal scored 50 factors for the Wizards earlier than leaving the sport with a hamstring subject.
“We have been a part of Russ’ historic night time tonight,” Beal mentioned. “That form of takes the cake on all the pieces. From the historical past of the sport to the evolution of the sport to the place we at the moment are, Russ is likely one of the greatest gamers to ever decide up a basketball.
“To try this on a nightly foundation, it is vitally powerful to do. I believe folks form of [give him] side-eye… or regardless of the case could also be. However you attempt going on the market doing it each single night time… And that is Russ’ fourth time [averaging a triple-double]? That simply speaks volumes.”