WATCH: Oscar Robertson, LeBron James & Others React to Russell Westbrook Becoming All-Time Triple Doubles Leader

The Wizards let go of their franchise face John Wall to make room for Russell Westbrook in the beginning of 2020-21 season. Today, as the regular season reaches its completion, the DC front office can not be more proud of their decision. This year, just like the Wiz’s game against the Hawks, has been a complete turnaround for Russ.

On Monday night, Russell Westbrook etched his name with golden ink in the history books of the NBA. Although the Wizards lost 124-125 in a closely fought live wire game, the star point guard won a lifetime reward for his hard work.

LeBron James, Luka Doncic, and others reacted to the historic display

In the Wizards’ loss, Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, 13 rebs, and an insane 21 assists to almost snatching the victory away from the Hawks. With that triple-double, he also charted his 182nd, the most in the league, beating Sir Oscar Robertson’s all-time record. 

In this season, he has looked possessed and just so locked-in that the entire league could not help but praise Russ for his gigantic achievement. Be it Luka Doncic calling it “a huge deal” or Kevin Love tagging it as an “unprecedented run”, king Russ deserved all of it. 

Also, the Big O himself praised Russ, along with Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Adam Silver, and his teammate Bradley Beal. Take a look –

This proves the importance of the achievement and just how hard it would be for anyone ever to even come near it.

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The Hawks ruined the party for Wizards’ Russell Westbrook

Wizards vs Hawks
May 10, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Russell Westbrook against the Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook’s missed attempt on the buzzer-beater took away the icing from his celebration cake. Even as the Wizards dropped a 45-point final quarter, the damage done in Q3 was too big to save themselves. They had three of their rotation players scoring in double figures, but nothing which could save them against Trae Young’s big night. 

Still, the Wizards can feel good about their performance on multi-levels. One, they were playing without Bradley Beal, who is out with a hamstring strain. And two, they have a new consistent scorer in Rui Hachimura who would be a key piece if they reach the playoffs. 

But the best of all, Russell Westbrook’s current form can take them places, and the teams in the play-in fixture must fear that. So what’s your view? Can the Wizards reach the playoffs? Help us know in the comments.

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