It took less than 3 quarters for Russell Westbrook to get his first Wizards triple-double

Jack Baer
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Russell Westbrook didn’t wait long to make himself at home in D.C.

The former MVP opened his Washington Wizards tenure by securing a triple-double in less than three quarters, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The Philadelphia 76ers got the 113-107 victory in a close game.

Westbrook finished with 21 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds to get the first-ever triple-double in a Wizards debut, and there were highlights a plenty.

Of course, the triple-double came with some of the standard Westbrook-ian caveats. Along with his six turnovers, Westbrook’s 21 points came on an inefficient 22 shots, missing both of his shots from deep and going 3-for-8 in the paint.

The triple-double was the No. 147 of Westbrook’s career as he closes in on Oscar Robertson’s NBA record of 181. Given that Westbrook has averaged 33.7 triple-doubles in the last three seasons, odds are looking good he’ll pull it off by next season.

It was overall a fairly promising night for the Wizards’ new look, even in defeat. A team that had major defensive concerns on paper showed good life when the Sixers had the ball. The bigger issue was the bench, as a group of Robin Lopez, Ish Smith and Troy Brown Jr. got heavily outscored.

Bradley Beal remained his All-Star self with 31 points, while Davis Bertans started his new contract with 14 points on 4-of-6 3-point shooting. Ninth overall pick Deni Avdija was quietly valuable, posting seven points and four rebounds while looking way more comfortable than a 19-year-old should in his NBA debut.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 23: Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards elevates for a lay up over Dwight Howard #39 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center on December 23, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Get ready to see a lot more triple-doubles in D.C. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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