Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, Paul George are first teammates with 20-point triple-doubles in same game
The tandem of Westbrook and George was once again sensational against the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the first teammates in NBA history to record a 20-point triple-double in the same game, as the Thunder pulled out a 120-111 win.
#RussellWestbrook (21p/14r/11a) and #PaulGeorge (47p/12r/10a) are the first teammates in @NBAHistory to each have a 20-point triple-double in the same game, regular season or playoffs. #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/HGYCkzWhb5
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) February 12, 2019
Westbrook also set an NBA record ten consecutive triple-doubles in the win, breaking the previous record held by Wilt Chamberlain, which stood at nine.
OKC has now won four straight games and is just one game behind the Denver Nuggets for the second spot in the Western Conference standings.
Westbrook, who has always been criticized as someone who doesn’t make his teammates better, seems to have taken a backseat in order for George to become the primary offensive weapon for the Thunder. This is something that Brodie has been hesitant to do in the past couple of years, which may have contributed to the departure of former teammate Kevin Durant.
Now, Westbrook continues to embrace his role for OKC. Despite not being the team’s top option on offense, he’s still clearly the heart and soul of the franchise. His maturity as a player has helped the team a lot this season, and the results of his adjustments are obvious.
OKC started the season with four straight losses, something that a lot of people thought, would be the start of the team’s downfall. However, they were able to quickly turn the season around and are now looking like the team with the strongest chance of beating the two-time champions Golden State Warriors in the playoffs.
The sky’s the limit for OKC, and they’re still trying to go beyond that.