As of Monday night, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double for the 2020-21 NBA season.
The Washington Wizards are in contention for a play-in berth, thanks in part to the play of point guard Russell Westbrook, whom the team acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets for John Wall. After a slow start to the season, the Wizards have been on fire as of late. Following Monday night, Westbrook entered the history books, and he joins some impressive company.
Thanks his monster performance in Washington’s 154-141 win over the Indiana Pacers, Westbrook will now average a triple-double for the whole season for the fourth time in his career. The only other player to accomplish this feat even once is Hall-of-Famer Oscar Robertson.
Wizards: Russell Westbrook averages a triple-double for the fourth-time of his career
As ESPN Stats and Info says in the tweet above, Westbrook could sit for the remaining seven games in Washington’s regular season and still have the triple-double average.
Westbrook clinched it by tallying a triple-double of his own against the Pacers. In 39 minutes of playing time, the veteran guard recorded 14 points (on 5-of-8 shooting from the field), 21 rebounds and 24 assists.
Following this game, Westbrook is now averaging 21.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 11.0 assists per game through 57 games. Not bad for the 32-year-old, who is thriving in Washington D.C.
With this victory, the Wizards now hold a three-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in round. Washington will look to extend its winning streak to two games on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
While the triple-double average is nice, we are sure Westbrook is more focused on getting the Wizards into the play-in round for a shot at clinching a playoff berth.