Westbrook passed Robertson when the Wizards playmaker grabbed his 10th rebound in the fourth quarter at State Farm Arena. That gave him 21 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds at that time. Robertson set the record for 181 triple-doubles on March 24, 1974 and had been the all-time leader in the category since the 1961-62 season. Robertson’s record stood until Monday as Westbrook continued his triple-double assault.
Shortly after Westbrook became the new triple-double king, the Wizards posted a video with congratulatory messages from the game’s biggest triple-double threats.
“I’m very happy for you,” Robertson said to start the video. “Your family is very proud of you. And I salute you for all your accomplishments in basketball. “
Magic Johnson, third all-time triple-doubles at 138, said: “Congratulations on overtaking Oscar Robertson and becoming the all-time leader of the NBA in triple-doubles! “
Current Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd called Westbrook “Mr. Triple-Double ”.
“What an achievement,” said Kidd, who is fourth all-time with 107 triple-doubles. ” Unbelievable. You left me a long time ago. But you are going to become Mr. Triple-Double. “
LeBron James, who has 99 career triple doubles, paid tribute to Westbrook.
« Son [an] incredible feat, ”said James. Someone had to do it. Why not you? Awesome brother. Impressive. “
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “It is a testament to your relentless work ethic and the skill and passion you bring to the game every night. “
1️⃣8️⃣2️⃣ TRIPLE-DOUBLES 😤👏
– Wizards de Washington (@WashWizards) May 11, 2021
Westbrook unleashed a furious comeback against the Hawks that failed as he missed a potential 3-point winner in the dying seconds of a 125-124 loss.
He tied Robertson on Saturday when he collected 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists in an overtime win over the Indiana Pacers. He sealed this game with clutch free throws and blocking.
“He’s a winner,” Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said after Monday’s game. “He makes basketball and the non-basketball world a better place. Not many guys can do that. Few guys can have the impact he has both on and off the pitch. It is quite phenomenal. “
Westbrook now has 36 treble doubles on the season with three games to go. He has already set the record for most triple doubles in a season with the 42 he had in 2016-17.
Despite starting the season battling injuries and then enduring a COVID-19 outbreak on the Wizards team, Westbrook turned his first season in Washington into a historic one.
The last time an all-time NBA record was broken was when Ray Allen passed Reggie Miller on the all-time roster by 3 points in 2011.