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NBA Star Russell Westbrook Dedicates Huge Game to Nipsey Hussle: Watch

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Nipsey Hussle attends the first annual YG and Friends Daytime Boogie Basketball Tournament at The Shrine Auditorium on Feb. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles.

NBA superstar Russell Westbrook came to play in a big way Tuesday night. And he dedicated it all to Nipsey Hussle.

Westbrook posted a remarkable stat line of 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds in his team’s 119-103 win Tuesday over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, a feat not seen since the great, late Wilt Chamberlain was destroying defences. 

Speaking after the game to TNT, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard praised Nipsey as his source of inspiration. “That wasn’t for me, that was for my bro Nipsey. 20 plus 20 plus 20. They know what that means. That was for my bro, rest in peace Nipsey.”

Westbrook, who was born and raised in Long Beach and played college ball at UCLA, recalled Nipsey as someone he “looked up to, someone who paved the way for guys like me growing up in inner-city.”

He continued, “I’m just truly saddened by the situation. I just continue to pray for his family, his wife his daughter.”

The 6’5” athlete’s output has been nothing short of freakish in recent years, and his “Nipsey” game is arguable the best of the lot. He joins Oscar Robertson as the only ballers in history to average a triple-double (double figure points, assists and rebounds) over an entire NBA season, though Westbrook has done so for a third successive year.

Nipsey Hussle was gunned down Sunday afternoon outside Marathon Clothing, his store in the Hyde Park area of South L.A. LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and many others pro basketballers paid tribute to the hip-hop star and community activist, who died at 33. Authorities have since apprehended the prime suspect in the murder case, Eric Holder.