It looked like a long shot for Westbrook, needing five assists in the final eight minutes, but with a quick flurry of setups, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard was up to nine with four minutes to go. 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.
The triple-doubles didn’t end there, though.
Westbrook returned the favor a few minutes later, hitting a deep 3 set up by George, giving George his third career triple-double — with 47 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, featuring 15-of-26 shooting and 8-of-13 from 3.
Westbrook finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in 37 minutes. It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season.
Westbrook had two previous streaks of seven straight triple-doubles — both in his MVP-winning 2016-17 season — but finally passed Michael Jordan and his own previous mark last week, then caught Chamberlain on Saturday at the Houston Rockets, before setting the new mark on Monday.