Westbrook has a triple-double in his Wizards debut vs. 76ers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Russell Westbrook was not a fit in his one season with the Houston Rockets. Now, with the Washington Wizards, at least, through the first game of his career with the team, it’s working out.

Westbrook recorded a triple double on Wednesday night in his Wizards debut against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the first Wizards player to record a triple double in his first game with the team.

Washington Wizards star point guard Russell Westbrook looks on during a break in the action against the Philadelphia 76ers
Russell Westbrook looks on during a break in the action against the Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by the Washington Wizards/Instagram)

He had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists in 36 minutes. Westbrook needed just three quarters to record the triple double.

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In NBA history, Westbrook is just the sixth player all-time, who recorded a triple double in a franchise debut.

“Speed is important and that’s our advantage; getting up the floor,” Westbrook said recently. “It’s definitely one of the best parts of my game, in transition.”

The 32-year-old Long Beach, California native was acquired in a blockbuster deal in the off-season. John Wall was sent to the Houston Rockets in a straight up deal.

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Before Wednesday night, Westbrook had not had a triple-double since Game 42 of the 2019-20 NBA season. In a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook had 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 points.

“The guy is a winning basketball player,” Wizards head coach Scott Brook said of Westbrook’s performance. “He’s a winning teammate… We have a long history together. Seeing him, what he does — the intensity level is high. Every possession matters. He plays through exhaustion. Our young players, it’s going to be priceless what they’re going to learn from him and how he treats everybody. It’s remarkable. He plays the right way.”

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