Westbrook passes Magic Johnson for 2nd all-time in triple-doubles

By Global on Oct 27, 2019 08:08 PM

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook reacts after his dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

By Michael C. Wright,

HOUSTON -- Russell Westbrook made history in just his second outing with the Houston Rockets on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), leading his team to a 126-123 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Westbrook passed Magic Johnson for second-most triple-doubles in NBA history, registering his 139th, while leading a furious fourth-quarter run to seize the lead and the victory.

“He’s not fazed by anything,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He remains calm. That’s a mark of a winner, and he had a triple-double tonight. I mean, the guy is relentless. He’s a gamer.”

The superstar guard poured in 28 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists to log his first triple-double with the Rockets. Westbrook scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as Houston, trailing by three at the start of the final frame, embarked on an 8-0 run while James Harden rested on the bench.

“It’s exciting,” Harden said. “He took over that game in the fourth quarter.”

Then, with 6.1 seconds remaining and Houston clinging to a 124-123 lead, Westbrook knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to seal the win.

“It’s something I never, ever take for granted,” Westbrook said. “Nowadays, getting a triple-double seems normal. But I take pride, a lot of energy, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of the things I do off the floor to prepare myself to be able to compete every single night and play at a high level.

"For me, that’s a great accomplishment, especially growing up and never even thinking I’d be playing in the NBA, and now being able to be in the history books is just a blessing for me. I never get a chance to kind of sit back and think about some of the things I’ve done. Tonight, will be one of those times I take a second to be thankful and grateful to be able to go out, compete, and do something like that.”

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