Thunder’s Russell Westbrook downplays record-breaking triple-double feat
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double during the Thunder’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s record of nine consecutive triple-doubles.
Afterward, Westbrook downplayed the feat, saying that he merely gives 100 percent every night:
Russell Westbrook on his record setting 10th straight triple-double: “I just go play the game the right way … and whatever happens, happens.” pic.twitter.com/7mXeXcUaXe
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 12, 2019
Westbrook finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes, going 5-of-19 from the floor and 1-of-6 from 3-point range.
In addition to Westbrook filling up the stat sheet, his teammate, Paul George, also notched a triple-double, racking up 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
On the season, Westbrook is averaging 21.2 points, a league-leading 11.2 assists, 11.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals over 35.5 minutes per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, 24.4 percent from 3-point range and 65.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The 30-year-old is aiming to average a triple-double for the third straight season.
Westbrook first achieved the distinction during the 2016-17 campaign, when he won the NBA scoring title by recording 31.6 points per game in addition to 10.7 boards and 10.4 assists en route to winning MVP.
While Westbrook’s percentages are down across the board this season, it did not stop him from making his eighth All-Star appearance. Aside from the 2013-14 campaign where Westbrook missed a large chunk of the year with a knee injury, Westbrook has made the All-Star team every season since 2010-11.
He has won two scoring titles, also pacing the NBA in points per game during the 2014-15 campaign when he tallied 28.1 points a night.
With the win over the Blazers, the Thunder improved to 37-19 on the season. They will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.