West­brook posts 100th triple-dou­ble as Thunder wins

The Thunder star is the third-quick­est to 100, be­hind Robert­son, John­son

Tulsa World - - Sports - By Paul New­berry

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.

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