Thunder’s Russell Westbrook notches dubious quadruple-double vs. Rockets
Another game, another triple-double for Russell Westbrook. In fact, the Oklahoma City Thunder star guard actually notched a rare quadruple-double in their showdown against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, though the fourth stat isn’t necessarily a glamour one.
Westbrook finished his night with 21 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and (yep, you guessed it) 10 turnovers. This is the second time this season that the 2017 NBA MVP recorded the dubious quadruple-double.
The former UCLA standout still accomplished a significant feat Saturday night as he recorded his ninth straight triple-double, tying the record set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. Despite a horrible 2018-19 shooting campaign thus far, Westbrook is also well on his way averaging a triple-double for an unprecedented third consecutive season.
More importantly, however, his all-around play helped the Thunder overcome a major deficit to defeat the Houston Rockets, 117-112.
Paul George was the true star of the night for Oklahoma City, as he led the Thunder with 45 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and six three-pointers. He went 12-of-22 from the field and made 15 of his 18 attempts at the free-throw line.
George went toe-to-toe with Rockets superstar guard James Harden, who finished with 42 points, making six three-pointers, while shooting 11-of-28 from the field and 14-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Houston seemed to be on their way to a blowout victory at home, as they led Oklahoma City by 22 points at the half. However, the Thunder locked up defensively and poured it on in the third quarter. They outscored Houston 42-20 in that quarter to even things up heading into the final canto.
The two Western Conference contenders went back and forth in the fourth quarter up until the final minutes. Westbrook’s go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner for the Thunder, which completed the 26-point comeback on the road.