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Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton becomes 5th player in NBA history to record 5 straight triple-doubles

Elfrid Payton, Pelicans

Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans starting point guard Elfrid Payton became the fifth player in NBA history to record five straight triple-doubles.

Payton is now on a list with Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook, and Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

Not bad for the Louisiana native.

Elfrid Payton finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists versus the Mavs. The guard entered Monday averaging 14.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 13.3 assists over his last four games.

The Pelicans defeated the Mavs by a final score of 129-125, snapping a six-game losing streak for New Orleans.

Amid the whole Anthony Davis trade saga, Payton and Pelicans power forward Julius Randle have been playing really well. Payton signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Pelicans last summer. He’s definitely set himself up for a contract raise this offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Payton came into Monday shooting 44.0 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. Shooting has never been his strong suit, but he’s improved his jump shot this season, particularly his 3-point shot.

The guard will look to make it six triple-doubles in a row on Wednesday against his former team, the Orlando Magic.