Russell Westbrook played one of his greatest games when his heart was heaviest.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard achieved the second 20-20-20 triple-double in NBA history on Tuesday night in his team’s 119-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook scored 20 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and dished out 21 assists in the game, joining Wilt Chamberlain in compiling such a once-in-a-lifetime stat line.
Afterward, Westbrook told TNT he dedicated his performance to his friend and fellow Los Angeles native Nipsey Hussle, the rapper and entrepreneur who was shot and killed Sunday night at age 33.
“Grateful to play the game, but that wasn’t for me, man,” Westbrook said. “That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey. Rest in peace to Nipsey, man. …”
A host of athletes have paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle this week, but none have elevated their respective games to the level Westbrook reached Tuesday night.
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