‘For my bro’: Westbrook dedicates ’20-20-20′ triple-double to slain rapper Hussle

first_imgFILE – This March 29, 2018 file photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle was shot and killed Sunday, March 31, 2019 outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook became only the second player after Wilt Chamberlain to score a ’20-20-20′ triple-double on Tuesday — and dedicated his achievement to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.Westbrook posted a remarkable 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists in the Thunder’s 119-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, matching Chamberlain’s feat in 1968.ADVERTISEMENT But he was emotional afterwards as he paid tribute to Hussle, a fellow southern California native who was gunned down in Los Angeles on Sunday.“That wasn’t for me,” Westbrook told broadcaster TNT after the game. “That was for my bro. That’s for Nipsey — 20 plus 20 plus 20… that’s for my bro, rest in peace Nipsey.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) runs out and roars to the crowd before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Westbrook, holder of the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42, was already closing in on a third straight season averaging a triple-double — achieving double digits in three key statistical categories.“It’s huge, man,” he told reporters. “I can’t honestly — I’m not gonna try to put it into words, but like I said on the floor, man, that’s who it’s for, and I’m going to leave it at that.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Westbrook grabbed his 19th rebound with 1:04 to play when Oklahoma City’s Kiwi center Steven Adams missed the second of two free throws.Westbrook, who waved off coach Billy Donovan’s attempt to sub him out of the contest, then pulled down his 20th in the final minute to put his name alongside that of Chamberlain, who had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists in a 1968 game for the Philadelphia 76ers against Detroit.Playoff-bound but losers of seven of their last 10, the Thunder are locked in combat for the seventh seed with the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Atlanta Hawks 117-111 on Tuesday.Both teams own records of 45-33, with the Spurs holding the tiebreak advantage and the eighth seed destined to take on the number one seed in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Not our night’: Folayang admits careless mistake cost him ONE lightweight crown Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img