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The Best of the Day: May 3rd, 2021


Russell Westbrook broke more NBA records with another ridiculous triple-double

Russell Westbrook keeps putting up historic numbers as the Wizards continue to add more W’s to the win column. The 32-year-old 9x All-Star and former league MVP put up an absurd stat line of 14 points, 24 assists, and 21 rebounds to propel Washington to a 154-141 OT victory over the Indiana Pacers Monday night. 

Now with 32 on the season, Westbrook clinched his fourth season averaging a triple-double, the most in NBA history (Oscar Robertson has the only other such season). Not only that, but it was his fifth 20+ assist triple-double, surpassing Magic Johnson for the most in league history as well as his second career 20+ assist and 20+ rebound triple-double, also the most ever. Now with 178 triple-doubles and seven games to go this season, Westbrook has a shot at breaking the all-time record for most in a career, trailing Robertson by just three.

Most importantly, the Wizards improved their record to 30-35, sitting comfortably ahead of Toronto (3 GB) for the final play-in spot in the East. The win also brings them to just half a game behind Indiana (30-34) for the ninth seed and a game-and-a-half behind Charlotte (31-33) for eighth.

With the way Washington is playing (13-3 in their last 16 GP), no playoff team will want to face them in the play-in tournament and perhaps even the first round. With their explosive offense led by the dynamic backcourt duo of Westbrook and Bradley Beal, D.C. will pose a legitimate threat to one of the East’s top teams.

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