3 takeaways as OKC Thunder win behind Russell Westbrook’s historic triple-double

Rex Christensen
February 14, 2019

Russell Westbrook and Paul George made National Basketball Association history on Monday night, as they both recorded triple-doubles in Oklahoma City's win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Entering the match-up, the Thunder occupy the third seed in the highly-competitive West, while the Blazers are right behind them in the four spot.

Chalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook.

The 30-year-old will have an opportunity to stretch the streak to 11 games when the Thunder square off against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.

Russell Westbrook collected the pass then started to make his move as Paul George hurtled into view.

After Westbrook drained the 3, he and George met at midcourt, jumping and celebrating together.

"I thought he had it already", George said.

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It took Felton just six minutes to score seven points. "When you got your two superstars on your team that are connected the way they are".

"I just go play the game the right way". "Usually, Russ has that by the first quarter".

Westbrook had five assists heading into the fourth, and after a rest, he re-entered the game with 9:36 remaining.

"There is no other person who has led in triple doubles year after year".

"It was special from the second the ball was tipped off", said George. The Thunder are an impressive 19-7 within the friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena, while the Blazers are an underwhelming 10-14 on the road this season. "Just felt wonderful. The energy was awesome".

Westbrook is third all time on the career triple-double list at 127, just 11 away from Magic Johnson for second all time. Go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor, and whatever happens, happens.

"We talked about it", George, who is averaging 39.7 points per game this month, told the Associated Press. And whatever happens, happens. Players can come out and give 20-plus minutes out of the blue like Felton and Burton did tonight, but it's very rare in locker rooms for players to feel empowered to come in and brim with supreme confidence for each of those minutes.

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