Russell Westbrook and Paul George made NBA historical past on Monday evening, as they each recorded triple-doubles in Oklahoma City’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The MVP of the 2017 season completed with 21 factors, 11 assists and 14 rebounds, whereas George erupted for 47 factors, 10 assists and 12 rebounds because the Thunder beat Portland 120-111 on dwelling court docket.
The figures make George and Westbrook the primary teammates in NBA historical past to report triple-doubles in the identical recreation with each gamers scoring a minimum of 20 factors within the course of.
Westbrook has now recorded a triple-double within the final 10 straight video games, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s report of 9 straight triple doubles that had stood since 1968.
The Thunder star described the achievement as an “unbelievable moment” and insisted that even after a decade within the NBA, the fun of enjoying within the league remained as intense as ever.
“I know what I’m capable of doing, and I just go out and compete and whatever happens, happens, man,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“I by no means even dreamed of enjoying within the NBA or standing right here speaking to you guys. So, every second is a blessing for me. Each time I get to stroll into this locker room and see my identify up there, it is a blessing for me.
“Just to be able to wake and be able to have a job, have a jersey, have a name on your back, because to me that’s a blessing itself and something I never even dreamed about as a kid.”
Westbrook has now recorded 23 triple-doubles this season however his record-breaking effort seemed unlikely at one stage on Monday evening, as he solely had 5 assists to his identify with eight minutes left within the recreation.
He ultimately reached the mark, earlier than hitting a three-pointer off an help from George, which gave his teammate the third triple-double of his profession.
The six-time All-Star admitted he had not realized the landmark was only one help away.
“We talked about it,” George, who’s averaging 39.7 factors per recreation this month, advised the Associated Press.
“I used to be clueless at that second. But he advised me the scenario. So, it is cool to be on the opposite finish of the triple-double.”
Despite the mixed efforts of Westbrook and George, the Thunder had been pushed all the best way by the Trail Blazers, who stormed again from a 19-point deficit at halftime to get inside 5 factors at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Thunder ultimately held on to safe a fourth consecutive win, which improved their report for the season to 37-19 and strengthened their grip onto third place within the Western Conference rankings.
The Trail Blazers are one step behind Oklahoma with a 33-23 report and have now misplaced two video games in a row.
Russell Westbrook, #zero and Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder have fun a dunk throughout the first half in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 2 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images