Westbrook savours breaking long-standing triple-double record

Westbrook savours breaking long-standing triple-double record

On a pick-and-pop with George, Westbrook hit his All-Star teammate in rhythm, and the rest was. well, history, as OKC topped Portland 120-111. After all, he has averaged triple-doubles over each of the last two seasons and is aiming to average one yet again this year.

Russell Westbrook has set an National Basketball Association record with his 10th straight triple-double while Paul George had a 47-point triple-double of his own in Oklahoma City Thunder's 120-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Setting the new triple-double standard looked like a long shot for Westbrook, needing five assists in the final eight minutes of Monday's contest.

The Thunder are 17-6 when Westbrook has a triple-double this season, and are 103-24 over his career when he posts a triple-double. George scored 21 points and Felton added 15. "I'm very, very blessed to be able to go out and play, and I don't take it for granted".

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) and guard Terrance Ferguson (23) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrate after a play during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Three minutes later with less than a minute remaining, George found Russ for a deep trey to complete his first triple-double in OKC colors. Oscar Robertson is the only other player in league history to have averaged a triple-double throughout a season.

"To go out an compete, we are truly thankful to the man above for blessing me and going out and playing the game I love".

But his teammate, Paul George, as versatile as he is, is not as accustomed to achieving the feat as Westbrook.

Westbrook figured he might as well get a different kind of assist.

Westbrook is third all time on the career triple-double list at 127, just 11 away from Magic Johnson for second all time.

"We talked about it", George, who is averaging 39.7 points per game this month, told the Associated Press.



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