Chalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook received a standing ovation from those in attendance at Chesapeake Energy Arena after dishing out his 10th assist in the game, and it was fitting that the feat occurred in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder star recorded his 10th consecutive triple-double in Oklahoma City's 120-111 win over the Trail Blazers.
Westbrook, of course, realized George was within an assist of a triple-double late in the game, so the two players conspired to run a play specifically to get George the stat line. Westbrook told George that he was one assist away.
Westbrook got the record on an assist to George for a 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
As a result, George was named to his fourth straight All-Star Game and is considered one of the top candidates for the MVP award in what has been, easily, the best season of his nine-year National Basketball Association career.
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He added: "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger". He said they would be able to respond "at a moment's notice" to support the Royal Marines.
"I thought he had it already", George joked.
"I just go play the game the right way". Head Coach Billy Donovan's club held Portland to a 1-of-5 shooting start to quickly take a 10-4 lead, then finished off the first quarter on a 13-4 burst. I go out and compete every night and leave it on the floor.
Russell Westbrook made National Basketball Association history Monday (Tuesday in Manila). "I didn't know it was that close". It was his league-leading 23rd triple-double of the season.
"Best competitor I've played with".
Despite the combined efforts of Westbrook and George, the Thunder were pushed all the way by the Trail Blazers, who stormed back from a 19-point deficit at halftime to get within five points at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
"It's fantastic to go out and compete", he said, "to see your teammate, your brother, do wonderful things, and you can be right on the side of him doing something special as well".