Russell Westbrook had a historic game on Tuesday, April 2, and dedicated his performance to late-rapper and fellow California native Nipsey Hussle. Westbrook lit up the stat sheet, recording 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. It was only the second 20-20-20 triple-double in NBA history, with the first coming from the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.
After hauling in his 20th rebound of the night, Westbrook shouted out the Crenshaw rapper.
“That’s for Nipsey!” Westbrook yelled.
Prior to the game, Westbrook honored Nipsey by wearing a “Crenshaw” t-shirt.
During his post-game interview, Westbrook elaborated on the dedication to Nipsey, while making a reference to the rapper’s gang ties (Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips).
“Grateful to play the game, but that wasn’t for me, man. That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey. 20 plus 20 plus 20. They know what that means,” Westbrook said. “Rest in peace to Nipsey, man. I’m just thankful to go out there and compete at a high level, man. Thankful to have these teammates. Thankful and humbled to go out there and play the game I love.”
Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder were able to knock off the LeBron-less Lakers, 119-103. Next up for the Lakers is a meeting with the Detroit Pistons on Friday, April 5.