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Russell Westbrook 1st Player in NBA History with Multiple 20-Assist, 20-Rebound Games

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 4, 2021

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Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook made history Monday against the Indiana Pacers.

The nine-time All-Star dished out 24 assists and grabbed 21 rebounds in 39 minutes on the floor, becoming the first player ever in the NBA with multiple 20-assist, 20-rebound games.

Per Stathead, Wilt Chamberlain first pulled off the feat on Feb. 2, 1968, against the Detroit Pistons. Westbrook then did it as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 2, 2019, against the Los Angeles Lakers before Monday's monster outing.

His assist tally also tied the Wizards' franchise record.

Washington Wizards @WashWizards

*checks notes*<br><br>Russell Westbrook just tied our franchise record AND his career high with 24 assists!#WizPacers | @russwest44 pic.twitter.com/nSWanVFroZ

By now, most fans have probably chosen their sides when it comes to Westbrook. The 32-year-old's playing style almost makes it impossible to remain indifferent about what he does on a nightly basis and what it means for his team in the bigger picture.

But it shouldn't get lost that Westbrook is on track to average a triple-double for the fourth time in seven seasons. Before the start of that run in 2016-17, Oscar Robertson was the last player to pull it off, a feat that stood for 55 years.

In addition, Westbrook continues to do this as a 6'3" point guard in his early 30s.

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds

Trying to find a Russell Westbrook number that would surprise even a numbers geek like me.<br><br>Found it.<br><br>He has more triple-doubles (178) than Kobe Bryant -- a top-five player ever -- had double-doubles (176).<br><br>That is insane.

While Bradley Beal has been Washington's best player, the Wizards' current position in the play-in tournament picture probably doesn't happen without Westbrook. With Monday's 154-141 victory, the Wizards are 30-35, three games up on the 11th-place Toronto Raptors for the final play-in berth.

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