The Washington Wizards lost 125-124 to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, but at least Russell Westbrook made history to become the NBA’s all-time leader in triple-doubles!
Before this game, Westbrook had 181 career triple-doubles, tied with Oscar Robertson for the most in NBA history. And really, that was what I was looking for tonight. After the first half, Westbrook was on track for it, scoring 12 points, dishing 9 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds. Washington also had a 63-62 lead at halftime.
The third quarter however was generally a Hawks affair as Trae Young got hot, scoring 16 of his 36 points in that period. So Washington went into the fourth with a 96-79 deficit with Westbrook three rebounds from history (17 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds).
Westbrook was able to get his 182nd career triple-double by grabbing his 10th rebound with a bit over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter and sparking a run to help Washington get on a 15-0 run.
But again, the Wizards were down by nearly 20 points and had to fire in all cylinders to keep things close. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough with a last minute play that was ... less than ideal. But again, we still saw history tonight.
Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds. Rui Hachimura added 20 points and Robin Lopez added 18 more for Washington, who was without Bradley Beal due to a hamstring injury.
For Atlanta, in addition to Young, John Collins added 28 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 25 points and Clint Capela had a 10 point, 22 rebound double-double.
Washington will still face Atlanta on Wednesday on the road for their next game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET and you can watch the game on ESPN.