Washington Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook broke the NBA record for the most career triple-doubles, but he could not stop his team from losing 125-124 to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
The 32-year-old posted 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists during the game at the State Farm Arena, making it the 182nd time in his career that he has reached double digits in all three areas, surpassing Oscar Robertson’s previous record that had stood for nearly 50 years.
“I’m truly grateful for moments like this,” Westbrook told reporters regarding his record-breaking achievement. “Normally, I don’t like to pat myself on the back, but tonight I will.”
It was not a perfect night for Westbrook, however, as he missed a possible game-winning buzzer-beater, with the defeat leaving the Wizards’ hopes of reaching the postseason hanging in the balance.
Elsewhere, Western Conference leaders the Utah Jazz saw their five-game winning sequence snapped by a Stephen Curry inspired Golden State Warriors, who prevailed 119-116.
The Memphis Grizzlies were also winners on Monday, and they have now guaranteed their place alongside the Warriors in the Western Conference play-in tournament by virtue of their 115-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The San Antonio Spurs have also moved a step closer to participating in that tournament after they overcame the playoff-bound Milwaukee Bucks 146-125.
Tuesday will see a further 11 games take place, as the regular season edges towards a conclusion.
The game of the night could well come from the Staples Center, where the defending NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers realistically need to beat the New York Knicks if they are to keep their hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament and securing an automatic place in the playoffs alive (Lakers 8/15, Knicks 6/4 – Money Line).
The contest will also be a big one for the Knicks, who could move to within touching distance of securing their own playoff berth with a victory.
The top two in the Eastern Conference will also be in action on Tuesday and the Philadelphia 76ers (9/1 NBA Championship Outright) could guarantee top seeding for the playoffs if they win at the Indiana Pacers and nearest rivals the Brooklyn Nets (9/4) slip up at the Chicago Bulls.