NBA: Westbrook’s historic triple-double lifts Rockets


The Houston Rockets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 126-123 late Saturday evening, handing them their first win of the 2019-2020 NBA season.

The Rockets’ new star Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists, passing Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to grab second place in the all-time triple-double list.

Westbrook has had a total of 139 triple-doubles in his career so far, edging out Johnson (138) in that category, now only trailing another legend, Oscar Robertson (181).

Westbrook had a triple-double average in points, assists, and rebounds in each of the past three regular seasons, the first player to ever accomplish that feat.

Magic Johnson congratulated Westbrook via Twitter, saying: “Congratulations to Russell Westbrook for passing me and having the 2nd-most triple-doubles in NBA history!”

Here are Saturday results in the NBA:

Milwaukee Bucks – Miami Heat: 126-131 (OT)

Detroit Pistons – Philadelphia 76ers: 111-117

New York Knicks – Boston Celtics: 95-118

Atlanta Hawks – Orlando Magic: 103-99

Chicago Bulls – Toronto Raptors: 84-108

Cleveland Cavaliers – Indiana Pacers: 110-99

Houston Rockets – New Orleans Pelicans: 126-123

San Antonio Spurs – Washington Wizards: 124-122

Utah Jazz – Sacramento Kings: 113-81

Phoenix Suns – Los Angeles Clippers: 130-122
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