ATLANTA (AP) – Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s record of 47 years for the most triple-doubles in NBA history, but missed the triple-doubles potential of victory in the game that the Washington Wizards lost. on Monday 125-124 against the Atlanta Hawks.
Westbrook reached 182 triple-doubles by picking up a rebound with 8:29 left. The nine-time All-Star and MVP in 2016-17 finished with 28 points, 13 boards and 21 assists, carrying the team’s weight in the absence of Bradley Beal, the league’s second-leading scorer.
Trae Young hit 36 points and John Collins added 28 for the Hawks, who edged closer to the New York Knicks midgame in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington is 10th in the East, which would give the Wizards the last ticket to the mini-playoff tournament heading to the playoffs.
Beal suffered a hamstring strain in his left leg and the Wizards announced Monday that he will also miss the next game, a rematch against Atlanta on Wednesday. He will be revalued before they face Cleveland on Friday.
Washington called a timeout 39.7 seconds from time after Collins gave Atlanta the lead 125-122 with his two free throws. Westbrook responded with a basket and the Hawks called for a time with 18.2 seconds left.
Westbrook complained of a foul on the play, but was in position for a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining. His shot bounced off the rim and Westbrook made no secret of his frustration as the game ended.
Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 25 points and Clint Capela had 22 rebounds for Atlanta, which has won four of five games.