Westbrook breaks National Basketball Association record with 10th straight triple-double

Ross Houston
February 14, 2019

The figures make George and Westbrook the first teammates in National Basketball Association history to record triple-doubles in the same game with both players scoring at least 20 points in the process. After all, he has averaged triple-doubles over each of the last two seasons and is aiming to average one yet again this year.

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.

George had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the third triple-double of his career as the Thunder improved to 37-19 on the season.

"I thought he had it already", George joked after the win. 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. Players can come out and give 20-plus minutes out of the blue like Felton and Burton did tonight, but it's very rare in locker rooms for players to feel empowered to come in and brim with supreme confidence for each of those minutes.

Russell Westbrook, #0 and Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate a dunk during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 2 in Los Angeles, California.

"Yeah, we talked about it right before that play", George said. Head Coach Billy Donovan's club held Portland to a 1-of-5 shooting start to quickly take a 10-4 lead, then finished off the first quarter on a 13-4 burst. "So, it's cool to be on the other end of the triple-double".

George has been on his own tear as of late, averaging 39.7 points per game in February.

"Nah, no pressure", Westbrook said of paying off George's pass to get him the triple-double. "It felt unbelievable. The energy was awesome". "I've got all the confidence in him".

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

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