Westbrook becomes very first with triple-double in Wizards debut
Russell Westbrook and triple-doubles have ended up being somewhat synonymous over the last couple of years after the nine-time all-star balanced one in 3 straight seasons from 2016-19.
The savvy he showed over that span brought over to his first career video game with the Washington Wizards, as he notched a triple-double simply 3 quarters into the group’s season opener against the 76ers on Wednesday.
Westbrook had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists entering the 4th, and the Wizards held a 10-point lead. According to ESPN’s Statistics & Information, he’s the very first player over the last 25 seasons with a triple-double in the first 3 quarters of his group’s season opener and just the sixth gamer ever with a triple-double in his team debut, the very first in Wizards history.
He’s the very first Wizard with a triple-double given that Bradley Beal in January 2019. Unfortunately, Westbrook’s fondness for scoring, rebounding and dishing passes didn’t do much for the team defensively and Washington permitted Philadelphia to come back for the 113-107 win.
Westbrook completed with 21 points, 11 rebound and 15 assists.
Westbrook’s three-year run of triple-doubles ended last season after he was traded to the Houston Rockets and pushed into a much different role. After Wednesday’s video game, another streak might be on the horizon for him in D.C.