Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

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

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

It is the second time this season that teammates have recorded triple-doubles in the same game (LeBron James and Lonzo Ball) and the ninth time in National Basketball Association history.

George scored an impressive 47 points and notched up a triple-double of his own, but the headlines will be taken by Westbrook after he set an National Basketball Association record after making his 10th consecutive triple-double.

Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968, by finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

Entering the match-up, the Thunder occupy the third seed in the highly-competitive West, while the Blazers are right behind them in the four spot.

He has averaged a triple-double in his last two seasons, as well.

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.

The 30-year-old will have an opportunity to stretch the streak to 11 games when the Thunder square off against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.

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On a pick-and-pop with George, Westbrook hit his All-Star teammate in rhythm, and the rest was. well, history, as OKC topped Portland 120-111.

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.

"I thought he had it already", George joked after the win.

After the game, Westbrook downplayed his latest feat. 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.

"It was special from the second the ball was tipped off", said George. But he told me the situation. It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season.

"Nah, no pressure", Westbrook said of paying off George's pass to get him the triple-double.

"I just go play the game the right way", Westbrook said. "The energy was awesome". Go out and compete, every night leave it on the floor. If the Thunder get high-level play from their two All-Stars they should be able to walk away with a win.

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