The city of Los Angeles and the hip hop community at large continues to uphold the legacy of Nipsey Hussle in a multitude of heartfelt ways. From petitioning to have an intersection renamed after the rapper, who was shot and killed on Sunday (March 31), to recalling countless examples of how he inspired others, Nipsey's influence is being continuously felt across the nation.
Tuesday night (April 2), hours after police revealed they detained primary murder suspect Eric Holder, L.A. native Russell Westbrook turned to his friend's music and memory as motivation on the basketball court. Prior to his team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking on the Los Angeles Lakers, he donned a blue shirt reading Crenshaw on the front, a nod to the fallen rapper's mixtape of the same name and set the intention to make his friend proud.
During the game, he landed the second 20-20-20 game in NBA history, scoring 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. After scoring the rare triple-double, he declared that he made history in honor of Nipsey. Statistically, the performance adds up to 60, a fitting reference to the Rollin' 60s gang that Nipsey was associated with.
"Grateful to play the game, but that wasn't for me, man," he shared with reporters after OKC took home a 119-103 win. "That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey. 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."
While Westbrook has come close to landing a triple-double in the past, he successfully channeled Nipsey's motivational spirit to accomplish the impressive feat.
"Just an unbelievable moment that I definitely won't take for granted, won't let pass by," he added. "Just completely humbled and thankful to go out and play, man. I don't even know what to say, how to put it into words, honestly. I just do what I can, honestly."
Take a look at Russ Westbrook dedicating his performance on the court to Nipsey Hussle, as well as see some reactions from fans, in the posts below.
What Russ did tonight was impossible. IMPOSSIBLE. One of the most beautiful and moving gestures on a field of athletic play EVER pic.twitter.com/epKgbaUlgP— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) April 3, 2019
NIP is fueling Russ right now.. You can feel it. 🙏🏾— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 3, 2019
Two days after tragically losing his friend, Russ went out and notched a 20-20-20 game and got the W.— Adam Howes (@Howsito) April 3, 2019
Then dedicated his historical night to Nipsey, with a nod to the Rollin 60 Crips.
We don't deserve Russell Westbrook.
I don’t think folks understand...— L E F T, PhD (@LeftSentThis) April 3, 2019
The fact that Russell Westbrook went out, in honor of Nipsey Hussle, and put up 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 20 assists, from a hood perspective, this goes down as one of the greatest sports feats of all time. pic.twitter.com/dxHxymZ1mM
“If there was no context to this, it would be spectacular — no one’s ever had a game like this since Wilt. But when you understand the context that Russ went out and said he was going to do this, 20-20-20, for Nipsey Hussle, it's breathtaking.”— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) April 3, 2019
— @getnickwright pic.twitter.com/RSJXxqDIX6
Mad Respect for what Russ did!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 3, 2019
“20+20+20. They know what that means.”— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) April 3, 2019
Yes they do, Russ. Yes they do. ✊🏽