Russell Westbrook Dedicates NBA’s 2nd 20-20-20 Night To Nipsey Hussle: That Wasn’t For Me, It Was For My Bro
Prior to tip-off between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, guard Russell Westbrook sat alone on the Thunder bench with a basketball between his legs, dancing along to Nipsey Hussle’s “Grindin’ All My Life.” His attire was also in honor of the rapper.
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During the Thunder’s 119-103 victory over the Lakers, Westbrook made history with a heavy heart following the murder of fellow Los Angeles native and friend, Nipsey Hussle. Westbrook recorded the second 20-20-20 game in NBA history, putting up a monster 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists night in Oklahoma. NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain was the only other player to do so, recording 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists in 1968. Westbrook walked off the floor following their win with a heavy heart, having dedicated the performance to his friend. The former NBA MVP tells TNT,
“That wasn’t for me. That was for my bro. That’s for Nipsey — 20 plus 20 plus 20.”
“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.”
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— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 3, 2019
Fellow Thunder player and Los Angeles native, Paul George spoke to reporters on Westbrook’s historic night.
“It’s just epic. Man, the heart of that guy over there, honestly, is what’s so amazing about it. “We warmed up to Nipsey and, honestly, I felt that changed everything. That changed the mood, that changed the vibe, and we were pumped.”
Westbrook was supported all over social media following his dedication game to Nipsey. After sharing his emotional message to Nipsey, Westbrook was shown love from Gucci Man, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG.
As previously reported, two days after the murder of Nipsey, Eric Holder, the man suspected of shooting and killing Nipsey, has been captured in the Bellflower area, of Los Angeles, according to deputies. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Holder was caught by deputies sometime before 1:30 p.m.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters Tuesday that Holder, a gang member, approached Hussle and the other men he was with several times Sunday and spoke with them. Holder then returned with a handgun and opened fire.
“Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in a conversation with Nipsey and the others that were there. He left and subsequently came back armed with a handgun, and purposefully and repeatedly fired, striking and killing Nipsey Hussle.”
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