The record was since 1974, the year Robertson retired.
“Russell Westbrook, I am very happy for you,” Robertson said in a recorded video message. “Your family is very proud of you. And I salute you for all your accomplishments in the game of basketball.”
The record-breaking moment came on Monday night in the Wizards’ road game against the Atlanta Hawks, when Westbrook captured his 10th rebound with just over 8:30 to go in the fourth quarter. He finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the game, a 125-124 Wizards loss.
Westbrook, in his 13th NBA season, has 36 triple doubles this season.
It once seemed like it was a record that might never be broken. The only other NBA players to have recorded more than 100 career triple doubles are Hall of Famers Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107).
“It’s just a blessing,” Westbrook told reporters after the game. “You put so much into the game. You took so long. You sacrifice so much. Being able to be mentioned with guys like Oscar and Magic and Jason Kidd these guys is something I never dreamed of as a young kid growing up in LA. I am truly grateful for times like this.
“Normally I don’t like patting myself on the back, but tonight I will just do it because I’m so grateful for those in front of me and so blessed and grateful for the man above for having me. allowed to go out and do what I do. I take this job very seriously. “
Now it’s hard to see anyone taking Westbrook’s record. As for active NBA players, the closest Westbrook on the all-time triple-double roster is LeBron James, fifth at 99. Next, James Harden, eighth at 58.
“It’s an incredible achievement,” James said in a video message. “If someone had to do it, why not you?”
Said Kidd, “You left me a long time ago. But you are going to become Mr. Triple-Double.”
Westbrook said he was unsure if anyone would break his record.
“At this point I’m just trying to take it all in, honestly,” Westbrook said. “I guess we’ll see in about 50 years. I don’t know.”
A triple-double occurs in a basketball game when a player records double numbers in three of the main statistical categories. Most often, this happens when a player has double-digit points, rebounds, and assists, but other statistical categories include blocks and steals.
Entering Monday night, Westbrook averaged 22 points, 11.6 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game leading the league during the season.
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