Just two days ago we wrote about Russell Westbrook. Today, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar is once again in the middle of media attention.
OKC won against Portland Trail Blazers, 120-111, with Westbrook clinching another triple-double, his 10th in a row.
This officially made him the first man in history to do such a thing. The previous record was held by Wilt Chamberlain who had straight 9 TDs, back in 1968.
He ended the contest with 21 points, 14 boards, and 11 assists.
“Wow what a night,” Paul George said during the on-court interview. “He’s the best competitor I’ve ever seen… He’s one of a kind player.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 12, 2019
With 3:52 until the end, Westbrook passed the ball to George who made his 8th three of the night, thus providing an assist to his teammate.
And that wasn’t an ordinary one.
“I thought he had it already,” PG spoke on the fact that his shot gave the last assist to Westbrook, and made a comment which drew some smiles in front of the locker room.
“Russ usually had it by first quarter.”
Not only did it secure a win, and decided a game, but also it is the one who created history.
When a reporter asked OKC guard about the triple-double and the fact that he broke Chamberlain’s record, Westbrook said that he feels blessed, and mentioned that his fantastic teammates.
“Is a blessing to go out there and compete… I’ve got some unbelievable teammates who make my job easy.”
Thunder leader is on the road to becoming the first player who averaged a triple-double in three straight seasons. So far in this campaign, he is posting 21.2 points, 11.1 boards, and 11.2 assists.
If he does that, there would be no doubts that he is one of the most influential players in history. Though many don’t acknowledge his stats, saying that Westbrook often records them at the expense of a team, doing that three times in a row, while leading his team to the playoffs is a strong reason which denies all that claims.
When mentioning an easy job, night Paul George was making it easy tonight not just for Westbrook, but also for the whole team.
The All-Star forward got one of his own triple-double. It is something rare, as George only did it twice before tonight.
He poured 47 points on Trail Blazers defense, continuing his superb streak of games over the last month. He averages 35.4 points in the previous 10 matches and is one of the best players in the league.
— NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2019
Besides points, George also added 12 boards and 10 assists.
When one of the reporters asked him, did he changed something in his game, and does he sees the floor differently in the role of the distributor PG said that he just plays basketball and that nothing is different than before.
“I’m just playing basketball. That’s it. I ‘m reading my defenders, a lot of time reading the second guy… I’m trying to be the creator as much of a scorer for us.”
The Thunder is playing very well this season, and it seems that for the first time since Kevin Durant left, they have a team worthy of a title. At the moment they are third in the West with one game behind the second seed, Denver Nuggets, and 3.5 games behind the leaders the Golden State Warriors. If it weren’t for that one bad period at the end of the previous calendar year when they had five losses in 6 games, OKC might have even been side by side with the champions.
There is still enough time for some improvement, and the team can be relaxed now, as they defeated both Houston and Portland, who were threatening to reach them in the standings.
Last year George was insecure about his future, Carmelo was there, and the overall chemistry of the team wasn’t even near like now.
All this indicates, that we might see Thunder deep into the postseason.
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