West­brook logs 100th triple-dou­ble, as Ok­la­homa City top­ples At­lanta

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS -

AT­LANTA— Wel­come to the club, Rus­sell West­brook. Not bad com­pany. Not bad at all. West­brook be­came the fourth player in NBA his­tory to record 100 triple­dou­bles and sparked a 160 run down the stretch that car­ried the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der to their fourth straight vic­tory, 119-107 over the At­lanta Hawks on Tues­day night.

West­brook scored 32 points, dished out 12 as­sists and grabbed 12 re­bounds , join­ing an ex­clu­sive group that in­cludes Os­car Robert­son (181 triple-dou­bles), Magic John­son (138) and Ja­son Kidd (107).

“Oh man, just an un­be­liev­able bless­ing,” West­brook said. “I give thanks to the man above just for al­low­ing me to go out and play the game I love each and ev­ery night. I never take it for granted.”

He be­came the third­fastest player to reach the mile­stone. Robert­son needed just 277 games to get No. 100, while Magic John­son ac­com­plished the feat in his 656th game. West­brook had played 736 games in his ca­reer.

“The group of guys that’s ahead are Hall of Famers,” West­brook said. “I’m just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys.”

At­lanta’s Tau­rean Prince knocked down a 3pointer to tie it at 103 with 5:15 re­main­ing. Led by West­brook and Jerami Grant, the Thun­der dom­i­nated the rest of the way.

West­brook scored seven points, get­ting to the line over and over again, while Grant knocked down a 3 and con­verted a three­p­oint play — both off as­sists by West brook. Carmelo An­thony capped the de­cid­ing run with his sixth 3-poin­ter of the game.

West­brook re­ceived a big cheer from the At­lanta crowd when he grabbed his 10th re­bound with 2:38 re­main­ing, lock­ing up the his­toric triple-dou­ble.

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