Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record

Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record

"I'm very, very blessed to be able to go out and play, and I don't take it for granted".

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

Westbrook was given a standing ovation when he achieved the feat by laying on an assist for Paul George in the final quarter of a 120-111 win. George finished with 47 points after a fourth-quarter scoring spree. "I was clueless at that moment".

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

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.

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"Nah, no pressure", Westbrook said of paying off George's pass to get him the triple-double.

Westbrook has now recorded 23 triple-doubles this season but his record-breaking effort looked unlikely at one stage on Monday night, as he only had five assists to his name with eight minutes left in the game. He stood in for Dennis Schroder while Schroder was out for personal reasons. Both players started their nights 3-of-3 from the three-point line and were given opportunities to both convert catch-and-shoots and score off the dribble.

Lillard made 1 of 10 shots and scored six points in the first half, then made 8 of 12 shots and scored 25 points after the break.

On setting the new National Basketball Association record Westbrook thanked his team-mates and God for his achievement.

Portland hosts Golden State on Wednesday.

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