If there was one word to describe Russell Westbrook’s contribution in the late surge of Washington Wizards 2020-21 NBA season, it would be EXCEPTIONAL! Not only is Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double for the 4th time in his NBA career, but has also matched Oscar Robertson as he knocked his 181st Tripple-Double against Indiana Pacers.
Russell Westbrook knocked 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists to guide the Wizards past Pacers to increase their chances of making it to the playoffs; securing their play-in spot. Not only that, Westbrook scored clutch free throws to ensure Wizards take a crucial 1-point lead over their opponents in Overtime. He did not only stop them and made an even more crucial block to make Wizards emerge victoriously.
Russell Westbrook stands next to Oscar Robertson after knocking 181st Career Triple-Double
Talking about Russell Westbrook matching Oscar Robertson’s triple-double tally, the former has played in a much aggressive and fierce era of the NBA and has also won the MVP award once for his stellar triple-double performance.
Interestingly, Russell Westbrook has 35 triple-doubles in this season, out of which, 25 have come in the last 32 games. His first chance to surpass Oscar Robertson will come when the Wizards play against Atlanta Hawks.
Westbrook was playing for Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 when he broke Oscar Robertson’s initial record by knocking 42 triple-doubles in a single season.
Talking about the particular game between Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers, the former team moved into the #9 spot in the EC with this win. The credit can not only go to Westbrook as Bradley Beal led the team with 50 points. Westbrook extended his streak of double-doubles to 32 games. Whereas, Bradley Beal has scored at least 25 points in 71 of his last 82 games and has eight games this season with 40 or more points.