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Westbrook sets triple-double record

‘BLESSED’:The Thunder point guard clinched his 10th straight triple-double on an assist to Paul George in the fourth quarter of their victory over the Trail Blazers


The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, second left, blocks a shot by Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, left, in their NBA game in Oklahoma City on Monday.

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Chalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook on Monday set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double and Paul George scored 47 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111.

Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968, by finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

Westbrook already was the only person to average a triple-double in consecutive seasons and he set the single-season record for triple-doubles with 42 in 2016-2017.

He downplayed the record, while still showing respect for Chamberlain.

“I just go play the game the right way,” Westbrook said. “It’s what I do. Go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor, and whatever happens, happens. I’m very, very blessed to be able to go out and play, and I don’t take it for granted.”

Westbrook clinched the record on an assist to George for a three-pointer with 3 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

“I thought he had it already,” George said. “Usually, Russ has that by the first quarter. I didn’t know it was that close.”

It was Westbrook’s 23rd triple-double of the season and the 127th of his career.

Most important to the Thunder, the team has a 9-1 record during his triple-double run.

“I do know the most important thing for him is to win,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s what he’s about. He wants to win. I think a lot of the things he does that he gets attention for in terms of the triple-doubles are things that impact winning for our team.”

George had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the third triple-double of his career. Rookie Deonte Burton had a career-high 18 points and Raymond Felton added a season-high 15 for the Thunder.

Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Jake Layman added 17 for Portland.

The Thunder shot 56 percent in the first half to lead 68-49 at the break. George scored 21 points and Felton added 15.

The Trail Blazers started the second half on a 7-0 run to make things interesting and they trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to 87-82 by the end of the third quarter.

Westbrook had five assists heading into the fourth quarter and after a rest, he re-entered the game with 9:36 remaining. He got his first assist of the quarter with 6:54 left and was up to his ninth with 4:57 to play.

Westbrook made a three-pointer in the final minute that gave George his triple-double.

Westbrook told George that he was one assist away.

“Yeah, we talked about it right before that play,” George said. “We talked about it. I was clueless at that moment, but he told me the situation. So, it’s cool to be on the other end of the triple-double.”

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

“It’s amazing to go out and compete, to see your teammate, your brother, do amazing things, and you can be right on the side of him doing something special as well,” he said.

Also on Monday, it was:

‧ Rockets 120, Mavericks 104

‧ Cavaliers 107, Knicks 104

‧ Raptors 127, Nets 125

‧ Bucks 112, Bulls 99

‧ Nuggets 103, Heat 87

‧ Pistons 121, Wizards 112

‧ Pacers 99, Hornets 90

‧ Timberwolves 130, Clippers 120

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