Friday, 22 February, 2019

Westbrook sets another triple-double record in Thunder win

Russell Westbrook Notches 10th Straight Triple Double, Passes Wilt Chamberlain for NBA Record Russell Westbrook Sets NBA Record With 10th Straight Triple-Double
Frederick Owens | 13 February, 2019, 23:57

The Thunder star recorded his 10th consecutive triple-double in Oklahoma City's 120-111 win over the Trail Blazers.

George finished the game with 12 rebounds and 10 assists while racking up those 47 points on 15-of-26 shooting, including an 8-of-13 mark from the three-point line.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook broke a 51-year-old National Basketball Association record when he achieved a triple-double in 10 consecutive games.

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. "Everybody I probably went up against - and no disrespect to other teams, they're unbelievable - Paul is the best that we probably went up against all year", Trail Blazers forward Evan Turner said.

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

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Triple-doubles were traded in this game, as Westbrook returned the favor to clinch George's first triple-double since 2014 on a catch-and-shoot three-pointer with 51.8 seconds remaining. It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season. Westbrook told George that he was one assist away.

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

"I've got a lot of confidence in Raymond", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said before the game. With 45 points against James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Saturday, George has scored 92 points in his past two tilts. The Thunder are an impressive 19-7 within the friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena, while the Blazers are an underwhelming 10-14 on the road this season. I go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor. "Just felt wonderful. The energy was awesome".

Westbrook got the record on an assist to George for a 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

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