Russell Westbrook caps off regular season with NBA assist title

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Westbrook caps off regular season with NBA assist title originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Russell Westbrook officially nabbed his third NBA assist title in the Wizards' regular-season finale on Sunday, averaging a career-high 11.7 assists per game clip.

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Westbrook ran away with the assist lead, edging Atlanta’s Trae Young (9.4 apg) and Phoenix’s Chris Paul (8.9 apg) to take the crown. His title came with the Wizards clinching the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, beating the Charlotte Hornets 115-110 at home. Westbrook finished with a triple-double on the day: 23 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists.

Winning the assist title wasn't the only accolade within the category Westbrook claimed this season. He broke John Wall's franchise record of assists per game over an entire season. Wall held the previous record with 10.7 apg, which he accomplished in the 2016-17 campaign. Also, Westbrook put his name in the same breath as one of the greats: John Stockton. Westbrook's 11.7 apg is the highest assist clip since Stockton managed to dish out 12.33 per game in 1994-95.

Westbrook won the title twice as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018 and 2019, the two years after he won league MVP. The title comes in the same month that Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson on the list for career triple-doubles.

Westbrook and Washington will take on Boston on Tuesday as the eighth seed in the play-in tournament.