It was a historic night in Oklahoma City.
In a victory over division rivals in the Portland Trail Blazers, where the Thunder led for a majority of the game, Russell Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double (an NBA record), his 23rd for the season overall.
It was with this Paul George triple that the 2016-17 MVP surpassed Wilt Chamberlain for the record for most consecutive triple-doubles:
HISTORIC #TripleDoubleAlert:- NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2019
10 AST#RussellWestbrook records his 10th straight triple-double, passing Wilt Chamberlain (9) for the longest streak in @NBAHistory. #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/E86y1zN3cu
Although Paul George ranks nowhere close to Russell Westbrook on the all-time list for triple-doubles, there was no denying the MVP worthy performance that the former Most Improved Player of the Year put up.
George racked up 47 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists on 15-of-26 shooting. This was his first triple-double of the season and his sixth 35+ point outing in the last seven games.
For George's 10th assist, Westbrook returned the favour by knocking down his lone three of the game:
47 PTS | 12 REB | 10 AST@Yg_Trece records @okcthunder's second triple-double of the game! #PhantomCam #PaulGeorge pic.twitter.com/spC8NtB19j- NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2019
With PG's triple-double, the duo made history:
#RussellWestbrook (21p/14r/11a) and #PaulGeorge (47p/12r/10a) are the first teammates in @NBAHistory to each have a 20-point triple-double in the same game, regular season or playoffs. #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/HGYCkzWhb5- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) February 12, 2019
The Thunder were missing Dennis Schroder but two guards stepped up to the stage and provided some much-needed production off the bench. Veteran Raymond Felton (15) and rookie Deonte Burton (18) combined for 33 points on a combined 13-of-22 shooting and zero turnovers.
The team, as a whole, shot 47.7% from the field and 45.7% on 3's (16 made 3's) with 12 turnovers, just enough and better than the Blazers to clinch the season series 3-0 with a game yet to be played on Mar. 8.
This is the Thunder's fourth straight win, sixth straight at home and 11th of their last 12.
#PaulGeorge: 47 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST#RussellWestbrook: 21 PTS, 14 REB, 11 AST- NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2019
The @okcthunder teammates are the first teammates to record 20-point triple-doubles in the same game in @NBAHistory. #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/DlNCjFeD3w
Other than Damian Lillard's 31 point, 7 rebound, and 6 assist outing, the Blazers didn't put up much of fight. CJ McCollum only put 13 points on 5-of-20 shooting while Jusuf Nurkic, who missed a lot of time with foul trouble, only finished with 9 points.
This is Portland's second consecutive loss and third in their last four games. They are now set to host the two-time champions in the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
On the other hand, the Thunder, in their final game before All-Star, will face the Pelicans in New Orleans.