Paul George, Russell Westbrook Make NBA History as Thunder Beat Trail Blazers

Lynette Rowe
February 13, 2019

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. It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season.

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

Thunder team-mate Paul George top scored in the match with 47 points.

"To go out an compete, we are truly thankful to the man above for blessing me and going out and playing the game I love".

"Yeah, we talked about it right before that play", George said.

As for whether or not Westbrook felt any pressure to help George in that spot? "But [Westbrook] told the situation, so it was cool to be on the other end of the triple-double".

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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. "When you got your two superstars on your team that are connected the way they are".

Westbrook figured he might as well get a different kind of assist.

Chalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook. McCollum shot 4 for 15.

Thunder: Forward Jerami Grant (right ankle sprain) and guard Dennis Schroder (personal reasons) did not play. Burton hit a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer.

George, on the vibe in the arena as Westbrook tried to set the triple-double record: "It just felt fantastic". "Just felt incredible. The energy was awesome".

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