Thunder Rally Behind Westbrook's 100th Triple Double to Beat Hawks


But George paid tribute to his point guard after the game.

Carmelo Anthony added 21 points and Jerami Grant contributed 20 off the bench as the Thunder improved to 41-29.

Westbrook collected 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 12 points down at half-time to beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-107. "So, to see that every time is always fantastic for me, and I never take it for granted", added Westbrook.

For the second game in a row, the Thunder hit 16 three-pointers.

"What it takes to do that on a night-in, night-out basis, the focus that you have to have, the intensity that you have to play with", Anthony said. "So, it's nearly like, 'Hey, we're gonna live with something.' And I think he's done a great job here of late of getting into the lane and recognizing, 'OK, these teams are loading up, and now what I gotta do is spray it around and find people, ' I just think he's evaluating how our group is being defended". "It's something that we should all appreciate, moments like this, and appreciate what we have and who we have".

Russell Westbrook recording yet another triple-double stat-line, no longer comes as a surprise as it has become nearly a nightly habit for him.

He now sits just seven behind Jason Kidd for third on the career list.

Since his National Basketball Association debut season in 2008-09, he is leading current players in the league by almost double his next-closest pursuer - LeBron James, who sits in second since '08-09 with 52 triple-doubles after Tuesday's 14th this season (James has 69 in his career).

But Westbrook has shown greater discretion from three this season with the addition of George and Anthony.

The Wizards are just two games in front of the Heat for the eighth playoff spot in the East and two games behind the Pacers for third.

Last year, he claimed Robertson's single-season record with 42 en route to becoming the second man after the legend to average a triple-double to earn himself the Most Valuable Player award. Westbrook had played 736 games in his career.

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.

"It's always insane for me, man, to go on the road and just see - not just fans cheering, but kids wearing my jersey", he said. I never take it for granted.