Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record

Aubrey Yates
February 13, 2019

Westbrook said the fact that George scored a triple double made it more special.

Westbrook racked up 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the game, including 6 fourth quarter assists as the Thunder never trailed after the second possession of the game in a 120-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Westbrook, of course, realized George was within an assist of a triple-double late in the game, so the two players conspired to run a play specifically to get George the stat line.

Westbrook had two previous streaks of seven straight triple-doubles - both in his MVP-winning 2016-17 season - but he finally passed Michael Jordan and his own previous mark last week, then he caught Chamberlain on Saturday at Houston, before setting the new mark on Monday. It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season.

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

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"Nah, no pressure", Westbrook said of paying off George's pass to get him the triple-double. All night long, George was relentless in his attack, slashing downhill into the lane, giving the ball up when double teamed and dancing behind screens for three-pointers.

"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. Go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor, and whatever happens, happens.

Trail Blazers: CJ McCollum was called for a technical in the second quarter. Portland shot 33.3 percent in the first half. He stood in for Dennis Schroder while Schroder was out for personal reasons. Forward Patrick Patterson got his fourth start of the season in Grant's place.

Hip-hop legend MC Hammer attended the game and chatted with Westbrook for several minutes afterward. "It felt incredible. The energy was awesome".

Portland hosts Golden State on Wednesday.

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