Westbrook posts 100th triple-double as Thunder wins
The Thunder star is the third-quickest to 100, behind Robertson, Johnson
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 triple-doubles and sparked a 16-0 run down the stretch that carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to its 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 third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Robertson needed just 277 games to get No. 100, and Magic Johnson accomplished the feat in his 656th. 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 3-pointer to tie it at 103 with 5:15 remaining. Led by Westbrook and Jerami Grant, the Thunder dominated the rest of the way. L.A. Clippers at Oklahoma City
Westbrook scored seven points, getting to the line over and over again, and Grant hit a 3 and converted a three-point play — both off assists by Westbrook. 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.
Anthony finished with 21 points and Grant chipped in with 20, helping to make up for the loss of Paul George, who went out in the third quarter with a groin injury.
Prince led the Hawks with 25 points.
Percentages: FG .472, FT .760. 3-point goals: 16-35, .457 (Anthony 6-11, Patterson 2-3, Grant 2-4, George 2-5, Huestis 1-1, Brewer 1-2, Abrines 1-3, Felton 1-6). Team Rebounds: 12. Team turnovers: 7. Blocks: 12 (Anthony 4, Brewer 2, Grant 2, Abrines, Ferguson, Patterson, Westbrook). Turnovers: 7 (Westbrook 4, Anthony, Collison, George). Steals: 9 (Brewer 3, Grant 2, Abrines, Felton, George, Westbrook). Technicals: None.
Percentages: FG .425, FT .833. 3-point goals:
13-31, .419 (White III 3-4, Prince 3-8, Lee 2-4, Cavanaugh 1-1, Dedmon 1-2, Muscala 1-2, Schroder 1-3, Dorsey 1-5, Taylor 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team turnovers: 15. Blocks: 5 (Muscala 2, Prince 2, Collins). Turnovers: 15 (Collins 3, Taylor 3, Dedmon 2, Prince 2, Dorsey, Lee, Muscala, Schroder, White III). Steals: 5 (Dedmon 2, Lee, Prince, Taylor). Technicals: coach Mike Budenholzer, 1:06 first; coach Hawks (Defensive three second), 11:22 second.
Oklahoma City 31 23
Atlanta 28 38
A: 16,739. Officials:
Fitzgerald, Tre Maddox 36 22 Nick 29 — 19 — Buchert, 119 107 Kane
7 p.m. Friday FSOK, KYAL fm97.1 Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (left) shoots a reverse layup as Hawks forward John Collins defends Tuesday in Atlanta. Westbrook had 32 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds in the Thunder's victory.