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NBA legends congratulate Westbrook on becoming the all-time leader in triple-doubles


Russell Westbrook has done it! After racking up another triple-double in a 125-124 loss to the Hawks, the 32-year-old superstar became the all-time leader in triple-doubles, breaking Oscar Robertson's record of 181.

Russ eclipsed the record with 8:30 remaining in the fourth after he grabbed his 10th rebound of the game. At that point, he already had 21 points and 16 assists. The Hawks' fans responded to his feat with "Russell" chants. He finished the game with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 21 assists.

It's just a blessing. You put so much into the game, so much time, you sacrifice so much, to be able to just be mentioned with guys like Oscar, Magic, and Jason Kidd, those guys, is something I never dreamed about as a young kid growing up in L.A. Truly grateful for moments like this. Normally I don't like to pat myself on the back, but tonight I will. Just because I am so grateful for the ones before me and so blessed.

Russell Westbrook, ESPN

The ones before him congratulated Westbrook on rewriting the NBA record books. In a video posted by the Wizards, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, LeBron James, and others, along with Russ's family, praised the new record holder, showing admiration for his incredible accomplishment.

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It took Westbrook 100 fewer games to break Big O's record, which stood for nearly 50 years. Before him, no one got close to breaking it - Magic has 138 career triple-doubles, Kidd has 107. Robertson's mark seemed unbreakable until Russ posted 42 triple-doubles 16/17, eclipsing Oscar's single-season record by 1. From that season, the impossible became possible. Yesterday, four years later, it became a reality. But there's more.

After posting another monster stat line, Westbrook became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 20,000+ points and 8,000+ assists, joining LeBron, Robertson, and Gary Payton. Once the regular season is over, he'll also become the only player in the league history to average a triple-double in four different seasons -- Big O is the only player to do it once in '62.

So when Russ said 'there's no player like me,' he was right. When he said, 'if everybody could do it, they would do it,' he was also right. No one in NBA history did what Westbrook is able to do. And no matter how do you feel about the guy, that's something to admire.

How far can he take it? "I guess we will see in another 50 years or so," Russ said with a laugh. "I don't know."

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