Paul George, Russell Westbrook Make NBA History as Thunder Beat Trail Blazers


On a pick-and-pop with George, Westbrook hit his All-Star teammate in rhythm, and the rest was. well, history, as OKC topped Portland 120-111.

George drew "MVP" chants from the crowd as he sealed his third career triple-double, the last coming back in 2014.

Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will go head-to-head on Monday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Portland Trail Blazers in a potential playoff preview.

George, on the vibe in the arena as Westbrook tried to set the triple-double record: "It just felt wonderful".

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is used to triple-doubles.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook broke a 51-year-old National Basketball Association record when he achieved a triple-double in 10 consecutive games.

"I thought he had it already", George joked after the win. "I'm very, very blessed to be able to go out and play, and I don't take it for granted". Slipping out of a screen he pretended to set, George suddenly popped open, and Westbrook, quick as can be, darted the ball to him. Three minutes later with less than a minute remaining, George found Russ for a deep trey to complete his first triple-double in OKC colors.

"We talked about it right before that play, we talked about it", George said. Oscar Robertson is the only other player in league history to have averaged a triple-double throughout a season. So, each moment is a blessing for me. But he told me the situation. "Everybody I probably went up against - and no disrespect to other teams, they're unbelievable - Paul is the best that we probably went up against all year", Trail Blazers forward Evan Turner said.

Westbrook figured he might as well get a different kind of assist.

Paul George is averaging 28.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals over 36.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor, 41.3 percent from 3-point range and 83.6 percent from the free-throw line.