Russell Westbrook only needed 3 quarters to tally first triple-double of the season for Wizards
Russell Westbrook went right to work in his first game donning the Washington Wizards jersey. All Westbrook needed was three quarters to record his first triple-double of the 2020-21 NBA season against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Westbrook becomes just the sixth player to notch a triple-double in his team debut, per ESPN Stats & Info. He joins Elfrid Payton, Lewis Lloyd, John Shumate, Nate Thurmond, and Oscar Robertson.
Additionally, he’s also the first player over the last 25 seasons to record a triple-double in the first three quarters in his team’s first game of the season.
Westbrook is the 6th player in NBA history with a triple-double in his team debut.
-Elfrid Payton (2018, NO)
-Lewis Lloyd (1983, HOU)
-John Shumate (1976, BUF)
-Nate Thurmond (1974, CHI)
-Oscar Robertson (1960, CIN)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 24, 2020
He also becomes the first Wizards player to achieve such a feat.
Russell Westbrook records a triple-double in only three quarters!
Westbrook becomes the first player in Wizards/Bullets history to record a triple-double in the season opener 👏 pic.twitter.com/Va3h153Ft6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 24, 2020
Westbrook finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists. Unfortunately, his impressive stat line wasn’t enough to lead the Wizards to a victory. They lost, 113-107.
With Westbrook back as the primary playmaker of his team, analysts believe that he’ll be back to stacking up the triple-doubles this season. To recall, in his last three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook averaged a triple-double. This streak stopped when he was traded to the Houston Rockets where he shared a similar role with childhood friend James Harden.
21 PTS | 15 AST | 11 REB
Russ recorded a triple-double in his debut with the Wizards 🔥 pic.twitter.com/mDNbJMDcRZ
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 24, 2020
With the Wizards, Westbrook will have the ball in his hands a whole lot more. Wizards fans can expect him to pile up those numbers, especially his assists. After all, he has two great shooters in Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans. All Westbrook needs to do set them up for a play and it’ll likely swish the net.
The Wizards have a chance to avenge their loss on Saturday against the Orlando Magic.