Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook became the first player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double in 10 straight games Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Westbrook, who finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, reached the milestone after assisting Paul George with a three-pointer. Westbrook already was the only person to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons, and he set the single-season record for triple-doubles with 42 in 2016-17.
Westbrook has now recorded 23 triple-doubles this season but his record-breaking effort looked unlikely at one stage on Monday night, as he only had five assists to his name with eight minutes left in the game.
On setting the new National Basketball Association record Westbrook thanked his team-mates and God for his achievement. "When you got your two superstars on your team that are connected the way they are. But [Westbrook] told the situation, so it was cool to be on the other end of the triple-double".
But his teammate, Paul George, as versatile as he is, is not as accustomed to achieving the feat as Westbrook. It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season.More news: Manchester United steward unintentionally crowd surfs during PSG win at Old Trafford
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After Westbrook drained the 3, he and George met at midcourt, jumping and celebrating together. George scored 21 points and Felton added 15.
"I don't know, because honestly, bro, I know what I'm capable of doing, and I just go out and compete and whatever happens, happens, man".
George drew "MVP" chants from the crowd as he sealed his third career triple-double, the last coming back in 2014. Go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor, and whatever happens, happens. "It 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. If the Thunder get high-level play from their two All-Stars they should be able to walk away with a win.