Russell Westbrook made history when getting his triple-double 182 as a professional for beat the all-time mark that he shared with the legendary Oscar robertson. Despite the moment, the Washington Wizards lost 125-124 on the road to the Atlanta Hawks and were unable to celebrate their teammate’s milestone with a win.
Westbrook had 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists that allowed him to overcome a mark that had stood the test of time, untouchable for 47 years.
However, his final image of the game was to see how a triple attempt failed that could also have given the Wizards victory, who played without the league’s second-leading scorer, shooting guard. Bradley Beal, injured.
Westbrook completed his 182nd triple-double when he achieved a rebound with 8:29 minutes to go of the match, completing his all-season march to a record that had been held since 1974 and long considered unattainable.
The nine-time All-Star and 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) winnerWith the Oklahoma City Thunder, he was unstoppable in every facet of the game, but especially when it came to making touchdown passes.
Westbrook had 8,000th attendance in his career at the start of the first, in addition to his thirty-third consecutive double-double since March 1.
Since the season began, Westbrook has achieved 56 double-doubles.
The base Trae Young scored 36 points as leader of the Hawks the power forward John Collins added 28 points, and the Atlanta team went 38-31 in the middle of the game against the New York Knicks in the fight for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Washington (32-37) is 10th in the East, which would give the Wizards last place in the league’s new postseason play-in tournament.
Beal has a left hamstring strain and the Wizards said early Monday that he would also miss the team’s next game, a rematch in Atlanta on Wednesday. He will be examined again before Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Washington called a timeout with 39.7 seconds remaining after Collins’ free throws put Atlanta up 125-122. Westbrook kept pushing a running back and the Hawks called a timeout with 18.2 seconds left.
Westbrook briefly protested that he was fouled on the play, but was able to get a triple with 2 seconds left. His shot bounced off the rim and Westbrook hit the ball hard against the ground as the game ended.
The Serbian escort Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 25 points and the Swiss pivot Clint Capela added 22 rebounds with the Hawks, who won the fourth game of the last five they played.
Young hit a 3-pointer to take the lead to 17 points near the end of the third quarter, but after the Hawks settled to 19, in the fourth the Wizards reacted and had a chance to win.
The Brazilian point guard Raul Neto, who continued to start with the Wizards, contributed 12 points in the 31 minutes he played.
Neto made 6 of 11 shots from the field, missed a triple attempt, and did not go to the personnel line, in addition to capturing two rebounds, gave two assists, put a block, lost a ball and committed a personal foul.
The escort Garrison Mathews started as a starter in place of Beal, finishing with 3 points in 14 minutes.