Monday was a record-setting night and not just for the Portland Trail Blazers.
As the Atlanta Hawks hosted the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook made history. He accomplished a feat many thought was impossible when he grabbed his 10th rebound off the rim with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
With that simple rebound, Westbrook recorded his 182nd triple double, passing NBA legend Oscar Robertson in the history books to become the league’s all-time leader in triple doubles. Robertson had held the long-standing record since the 1961-62 season.
"It's just a blessing that you put so much into the game, so much time, you sacrifice so much to the game to be able to just be mentioned with guys like Oscar and Magic and Jason Kidd, those guys, that's something I never dreamed about," Westbrook said post-game. "I'm super grateful for Oscar. He paved the way for guys like myself."
When asked after the game if he ever thought he’d surpass Robertson’s milestone, the nine-time NBA All-Star said he “never really thought about it honestly.” He added, “I just kind of go out and play and every night I try to do things that people say can't be done...
Many of his current and former teammates took to social media to congratulate Westbrook on his historic outing. One of those players was Portland Trail Blazer Enes Kanter, who was Westbrook’s teammate in Oklahoma City over three seasons.
“Congrats my brother @russwest44,” Kanter tweeted. “Incredible player and person. Triple-double King.”
Kanter wasn’t the only player in the Pacific Northwest to show Westbrook some love. Jamal Crawford, who played for Portland during the 2011-12 season, also praised the Wizards star.
Here's a look at more reactions to the triple-double king's historic achievement:
Despite missing the game-winning three at the buzzer which would have capped off the historic night, the 6-foot-3 point guard had a lot to celebrate on Monday night. Westbrook finished the night with 28. points, 13 rebound and 21 assists in 40 minutes as the Wizards fell 125-124 to the Hawks.