KEY POINTS

  • Russell Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in NBA history
  • Westbrook previously beat two records set by Wilt Chamberlain
  • NBA legends and superstars congratulated Westbrook for his accomplishment

Russell Westbrook became the all-time NBA triple-doubles leader after his 10th rebound in the fourth quarter of the Washington Wizards' eventual loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

Westbrook finished with a final line of 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 21 assists for his 182nd career triple-double, passing previous record-holder Oscar Robertson. 

The outpour of congratulatory messages that followed after making history was tremendous.

Hall of Famers like the Big O himself, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Patrick Ewing, as well as the current generation's best players in LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Love and teammate Bradley Beal, all offered their support for the historic feat set by the 2017 MVP.

"Russell Westbrook, I am very happy for you. I salute you for all your accomplishments in the game of basketball. I am proud of you," Robertson said.

Westbrook had said before how "grateful" he was being mentioned in the same conversation as the legend, who helped in paving the way for African-American athletes.

"What a feat. Incredible. You left me a long time ago, but you are going to go down as Mr. Triple Double," Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd said.

Kidd has 107 career triple-doubles, fourth in the all-time list behind Johnson's 138. 

"It speaks to your relentless work ethic and the all-around skill and passion you bring to the game," NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated.

Westbrook already broke a couple of related records earlier. He passed the legendary Wilt Chamberlain for most triple-doubles in a month when he had 12 in April, and again when he tallied a 20-rebound, 20-assist triple-double for the second time. 

"It's [an] incredible feat. If someone had to do it, why not you? Impressive, bro, impressive," James, who has tallied 99 triple-doubles, said.

The tribute video released by the Wizards also included Westbrook's family—his father Russell Jr., mother Shannon, brother Ray, wife Nina and their children.

"Unprecedented run. Sustained excellence over time. I am proud of you," Love, Westbrook's college teammate at UCLA, said.

Westbrook averaged a triple-double in four of the last five seasons, a testament to the point guard's legacy.

"It's a huge deal, and you deserve it. My respect for that, and congratulations," Doncic, who along with MVP contender Jokic have impressively joined the triple-doubles leaderboard, said.

At ninth in the Eastern Conference, Wizards are on pace to be in the play-in tournament, with a shot to enter the post-season as Westbrook tries to add to his unreal legacy.

Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images