Russell Westbrook and Paul George made NBA history Monday night by scoring the double-double in Oklahoma City's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The most valuable player of the 2017 season finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds, while George scored 47 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds while the Thunder beat Portland 120-111 at home.
These numbers make George and Westbrook the first teammates in NBA history to record triple doubles in the same match, with both players scoring at least 20 points.
Westbrook has now recorded a triple-double in the last 10 consecutive games, beating Wilt Chamberlain's record of nine consecutive double triples since 1968.
The Thunder star described the feat as an "incredible moment" and insisted that even after a decade in the NBA, the pleasure of playing in the league remained as intense as ever.
"I know what I can do, and I'm just competing and whatever happens, it happens, man," he told ESPN.
"I've never even dreamed of playing in the NBA or staying here talking to you. So every moment is a blessing for me. Whenever I arrive in this locker room and see my name up there, it is a blessing for me.
"Just to be able to wake up and have a job, a swimsuit, a name on the back, because for me it 'sa blessing in itself and something I' d never dreamed of when I 've been there. was a child. "
Westbrook now has 23 triple-doubles this season, but his effort to break the record seemed unlikely at a stage Monday night, since he had only five assists to his name in eight minutes of play.
He finally reached the goal, before hitting three pointers with a help from George, giving his teammate the third triple-double of his career.
The star player six times admitted that he had not realized that the benchmark was only for a helping hand.
"We talked about it," said the George Associated Press, which averages 39.7 points per game this month.
"I had no idea at that time. But he told me the situation. So, it's cool to be on the other end of the triple-double. "
Despite the combined efforts of Westbrook and George, the Thunder Blazers pushed the Thunder up to half-time to return at half-time, after a 19-point deficit at half-time.
The Thunder finally triumphed for a fourth consecutive victory, improving its season record to 37-19 and strengthening its grip on third place in the Western Conference standings.
The Trail Blazers are a step behind Oklahoma with a 33-23 record and have now lost two straight games.
Russell Westbrook, No. 0 and Paul George, No. 13 Thunder of Oklahoma City celebrate a first-period dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Jan. 2 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How / Getty Images