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Paul George, Russell Westbrook’s numbers give OKC rare, historic mark

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The Oklahoma City Thunder achieved a rare feat Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. It was courtesy of their two main men, Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

According to Elias Sports, the Thunder were the first team in 56 years to have one player score 40 points while another finished with a 15-15-15 game.

The duo who originally achieved the feat are two Hall of Famers, Wilt Chamberlain and Guy Rodgers. They did it way back in 1962 while they played for the San Francisco Warriors. Chamberlain finished that game with 50 points while Rodgers registered 23 points, 20 rebounds and 17 assists.

Against the Nets, George took charge of the team’s scoring as he went on to finish with a game high of 47 points in 37 minutes on the floor. He also grabbed 15 rebounds as well to register a double-double.

Westbrook, meanwhile, recorded another triple-double to his credit. The Most Valuable Player of the 2016-2017 season scored 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 17 assists in 39 minutes of play.

Their efforts were rewarded as the Thunder escaped the Nets 116-114. It was the team’s fourth consecutive and currently they are  8-2 in their last 10 games.

The Thunder are currently third in the Western Conference with 16 wins and seven losses. Only the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers have a better record than they do.

Through 23 games, Paul George has been impressive and leads the Thunder in scoring. He averages 24.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Westbrook’s numbers, meanwhile, are simply mind-boggling. He is averaging 22.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 10 assists and 1.9 steals per game despite missing six games due to injury.