Russell Westbrook becomes fourth player to reach 100 triple-doubles

Faith Castro
March 16, 2018

Westbrook, widely regarded as the most athletic point guard in National Basketball Association history, reached the 100 triple-double mark in his 736th game.

"The group of guys that's ahead are Hall of Famers". As Michael Jordan one said about Westbrook "Thirty years ago, that's me". "I'm just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys", Westbrook told reporters after the game, via ESPN.

It was fitting that his last turnover came after the game was in hand as well as the triple-double milestone.

However, the team's relative inexperience led to their downfall as a flurry of fouls was committed on the Thunder's Patrick Patterson and Russell Westbrook - forcing foulouts by John Collins and Isaiah Taylor.

Paul George added 12 points, but had to leave the game in the third quarter when he landed hard on his left side.

This was a well-played and entertaining tilt, however, and Atlanta even held a 12-point lead going into halftime. I never take it for granted.

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Carmelo Anthony finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three blocks.

Westbrook spoke after the game about the wonderful feat he accomplished. "I think it's something that we should all appreciate". Then you feel a little hesitant to show a crowd, and Westbrook's starting to get a little more penetration, getting more to the rim, getting to the free-throw line more.

Anthony led Oklahoma City back in the third quarter.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Thunder are 6-point road favorites to beat the Hawks while the over/under now sits at 214.5 points. Dakari Johnson started in his place but played just seven minutes, scoring three points with two rebounds.

George has battled a few minor injuries over the past two seasons, but he's largely been healthy since missing 76 games during the 2014-15 season due to a broken leg.

But it is no stretch to say that Thunder coach Billy Donovan needs his 2.13m Kiwi starting centre back as soon as possible, preferably in time for Saturday's (NZT) next game up at home against the surging Los Angeles Clippers (37-29, 7th in West).

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