'Mind-Boggling' Westbrook Re-Writes NBA History Books
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook celebrates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers

Russell Westbrook has made NBA history by dropping the first-ever 35-plus point and 20-plus assist triple double as the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 132-124.

Westbrook finished with 35 points, 21 assists and 14 rebounds in a dominant display as the Wizards triumphed with a strong second half to improve their record to 17-28 in the absence of Bradley Beal.

It was an NBA-record fourth 20-plus point and 20-plus assist triple-double, while it was also a franchise record 16th triple-double.

The feat is all the more staggering when you consider only two other players, NBA legends Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, had even had a 30-point, 20-assist triple-double.

“My mindset was to go out and be aggressive,” Westbrook told NBC Sports. “I set the tempo for my teammates like I’ve been doing all year.”

Westbrook added: “I wanted to make sure I got my teammates open shots and make them better. Tonight guys helped me out.”

Wizards coach Scott Brooks was full of praise for former MVP Westbrook.

“He does things I’ve never seen in history,” Brooks said. “I’ve been in this league for 30 years I don’t know, man. It’s mind-boggling.”

Elsewhere in the NBA on Monday, James Harden got a triple-double with 38 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-107. Kyrie Irving chipped in 27 points with Kevin Durant still on the sidelines injured.

Zion Williamson scored 28 points as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Boston Celtics 115-109, while Jimmy Butler scored 27 in the Miami Heat’s 98-88 win over the New York Knicks.

Ben somerford
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