Last night, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook set an NBA record with his 42nd triple-double of the season against the Nuggets – surpassing a record set over 50 years ago. NBA legend Oscar Robertson set the record in 1961-62 with the Cincinnati Royals.
A number of NBA players took to social media to congratulate Westbrook, including Cavaliers star LeBron James via Twitter and Uninterrupted:
“There’s just certain things you think you’re going to see or records that you never think are gonna be broken,” James said in the video. “And that’s one of those records man. But like Russ always says and uses his hashtag and his motto: ‘Why not?’.
It’s cool to see James recognize Westbrook, a fellow star and MVP candidate. And it’s interesting, too, since James is a player many have thought James could one day average a triple-double like Westbrook is set to do.
“As a friend, as a competitor, as a fan of the game, I’m just happy and proud of you, bro,” James said. “It’s great to see history. It’s great to see history. And the way that you do it, man, it’s really an incredible feat.”
Cavs star Kevin Love, who played with Westbrook at UCLA, also congratulated Westbrook via Twitter: