10:57 PM ET
Royce YoungESPN Staff Writer
CloseCovers the Oklahoma City Thunder for ESPN.com
OKLAHOMA CITY — As the crowd showered him with a raucous standing ovation, Russell Westbrook turned to the Portland Trail Blazers bench and gave a little wink.
A drive and kick to set Paul George up for a 3 made NBA history: A 10th consecutive triple-double, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s mark of nine straight set in 1968.
It looked like a long shot for Westbrook, needing five assists in the final eight minutes, but with a quick flurry of setups, he was up to nine with four minutes to go. On a pick-and-pop with George, Westbrook hit his All-Star teammate in rhythm, and the rest was, well, history as the Thunder topped Portland 120-111.
The triple-doubles didn’t end there, though. Westbrook returned the favor a few minutes later, hitting a deep 3 set up by George, giving him his third career triple-double with 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, featuring 15-of-26 shooting and 8-of-13 from 3.
It’s the second time this season teammates have recorded triple-doubles in the same game ( LeBron James and Lonzo Ball) and the ninth time in NBA history.
Westbrook finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes. It’s his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season. He had two previous streaks of seven straight triple-doubles — both in his MVP-winning 2016-17 season — but finally passed Michael Jordan and himself last week, then caught Chamberlain on Saturday against the Rockets, before setting the new mark on Monday.
Source:: Daily times