Mr. Triple-Double: Westbrook joins a very exclusive NBA club

From FOX Sports - March 14, 2018

ATLANTA (AP)Russell Westbrook darted into the lane time and time again, hitting the shot, drawing a foul or finding an open teammate.

At the other end of the court, he lingered under the boards, pulling down one rebound after anotherusually against players taller than him.

In other words, just another night for Mr. Triple-Double .

Westbrook joined a very exclusive club Wednesday by putting up double figures in points, assists and rebounds for the 100th time in his career, a feat accomplished by only three other players.

Oscar Robertson. Magic Johnson. Jason Kidd.

Not bad company.

Im just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys, Westbrook said after leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

It was another vintage performance by the 6-foot-3 point guard .

After Paul George went down with a groin injury in the third quarter, Westbrook took over in the fourth.

He guided a 16-0 run that suddenly turned a back-and-forth gameit was tied, in fact, after Taurean Prince hit a 3-pointer with 5:18 remaininginto a comfortable victory for Oklahoma City by the time the horn sounded.

Westbrook put the Thunder ahead for good with a pull-up jumper. He fed a pass to Jerami Grant for a 3-pointer. He bolted for the basket to draw a foul and sank both free throws. He spotted Grant again on a fast break after an Atlanta turnover, threading a pass that set up a three-point play. He drew another foul, sinking one more free throw. And with the lead in double digits, he stayed on the court long enough to grab three more rebounds.

I try to read and react and see what teams are doing defensively, and obviously find the ways to make the game easy for my teammates, Westbrook said.

Finally, after Carmelo Anthony knocked down the last of his six 3-pointers to cap the run, Westbrook headed to the bench with just under a minute to go.

His work was done after a night like so many others.

He finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists .


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