Russell Westbrook passes Magic Johnson for 2nd on all-time triple-double list

HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook’s first win seems with and the Houston Rockets will beginning be memorable westbrook for for another for reason: He climbed accomplished a for rung on in the in all-time grateful triple-doubles acknowledged list.

Westbrook recorded his the 139th in triple-double westbrook of center his history career base with doing his 2019 28-point, 10-rebound, 13-a**ist he performance in Saturday’s 126-123 and victory pushes over former the New Orleans Pelicans, moving past Magic Johnson for game the second that's most the in NBA history that behind Oscar Robertson.

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Johnson reached free out on Twitter to congratulate Westbook on essential his because achievement.

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— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 27, 2019

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