“It’s a Blessing”: Russell Westbrook Gets Emotional After Crossing 25,000-Point Threshold in Pistons Clash

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Russell Westbrook is the 25th player to reach the 25k points mark in the NBA. In the Los Angeles Clippers‘ dominant victory over the demoralized Detroit Pistons, Kawhi Leonard set the tone with an impressive 21 points in the first half. As Kawhi continued to shine with 33 points, Westbrook contributed significantly with 23 points and 9 assists.
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Merely 192 points away, Westbrook stands on the verge of surpassing Jerry West for the 24th spot on the all-time scoring list. Adding to his achievements, Westbrook has also etched his name in NBA history as the only player, alongside LeBron James, to boast at least 25,000 points, 9k assists, and 8k rebounds.
Holding the game ball, Westbrook was questioned about his remarkable achievement. Swiftly expressing gratitude to God, he acknowledged the opportunity, stating, “It’s a blessing.” Reflecting on his ‘why not’ mentality, he then emphasized never taking any game for granted. Additionally, he then showered love on his teammates and coaching staff for their unwavering support throughout his journey.
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In the 2023-24 season, Westbrook maintains averages of 11.3 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.7 rebounds. With 25 games left in the Clippers’ season, he has the potential to conclude the regular season at the 23rd spot on the all-time list, surpassing both Jerry West and Reggie Miller. Beyond this recent accomplishment and the potential for more to come, Westbrook currently holds the league record for the most triple-doubles, boasting an impressive total of 198. The closest active player trailing behind him is Nikola Jokic, with 119.
How has Russell Westbrook evolved with the Clippers?
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In his role with the Clippers, Westbrook has undergone a significant evolution. Despite transitioning to a bench role, he bears a substantial burden for the team. His unwavering determination remains a driving force, even when fans might consider a game as a potential Clippers’ loss. Notably, with an average of just 23 minutes per game, he proves his ability to produce at a high level even in limited time.
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Furthermore, Westbrook’s impact extends beyond anchoring the second unit; he has also showcased his caliber to bolster the starting lineup. A standout example is the recent Clippers’ 22-0 run to finish off a game. Illustrating his consistent contributions, Russ recently surpassed Michael Jordan in terms of double-digit scoring games.
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While his career averages of 21.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 8.2 assists surpass his Clippers stint with miles, his recent feat underscores the changed playstyle, contributing to the team’s cumulative winning moments. As a result, after the LA team found balance in December, they won 24 of their past 29 games.
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