Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – For a few moments, Russell Westbrook slowed.
The million-minute Oklahoma City Thunder ranger took time to soak into the atmosphere Tuesday night after he matched Oscar Robertson’s single-season record with his 41st triple triple. The crowd stood up and sang “MVP! MVP!” Long after attendance, and then greeted the crowd after the game stopped.
“It’s one of those nights, a special night, and something I’ll definitely never forget,” he said. “I’m really honored to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City.”
Westbrook finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-79. He secured his seventh consecutive double double in an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter.
“It was an honor to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson, the different things he did for the basketball game to allow me to play the game today,” Westbrook said.
Robertson set the record during the 1961-62 season, and Westbrook can break it on Wednesday in Memphis. Westbrook said he just wanted to focus on the moment, but his mind went one day ahead to tell his unborn child about the experience.
“It’s something I could never dream of growing up in downtown Los Angeles,” he said. “I never dreamed a moment like this, to be able to be at this stage”.