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

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 13, 2019

But his teammate, Paul George, as versatile as he is, is not as accustomed to achieving the feat as Westbrook. This is also the 9th time two teammates have recorded triple-doubles in the same game, the 2nd time this season (L. James and L. Ball - 12/15/2018 at CHA) and the second occurrence in franchise history (L. Wilkens and A. Harris - 3/12/1969). "To me that's a blessing in itself and something I never even dreamed about as a kid".

Paul George (47 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) and Russell Westbrook (21 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) each recorded triple-doubles as the Oklahoma City Thunder handled the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night. Head Coach Billy Donovan's club held Portland to a 1-of-5 shooting start to quickly take a 10-4 lead, then finished off the first quarter on a 13-4 burst. "I didn't know it was that close".

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

"To go out an compete, we are truly thankful to the man above for blessing me and going out and playing the game I love".

Westbrook said the fact that George scored a triple double made it more special.

"I just go play the game the right way", Westbrook said. If the Thunder get high-level play from their two All-Stars they should be able to walk away with a win. "I've got all the confidence in him".

It took Felton just six minutes to score seven points.

"We talked about it right before that play, we talked about it", George said.

Westbrook wasn't the only Thunder player to notch a triple-double on Monday. "So, it's cool to be on the other end of the triple-double". But he told me the situation.

Triple-doubles were traded in this game, as Westbrook returned the favor to clinch George's first triple-double since 2014 on a catch-and-shoot three-pointer with 51.8 seconds remaining. "The energy was awesome".

Westbrook got the record on an assist to George for a 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

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