Russell Westbrook matched an NBA record Saturday night, recording a triple-double in his ninth consecutive game.
That ties the longest streak in league history, set by the legendary Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. It was the 126th career triple-double for Westbrook, who trails only Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson on the all-time list.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star’s recent run gives him a chance at averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive year. Westbrook entered Saturday night averaging 21.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and a league-high 11.2 assists per game.
Westbrook pulled down his 10th rebound of the night with just over 6 minutes to go. He finished with a 21-12-11 line and scored the go-ahead layup in the final minute of the Thunder’s 117-112 win over the Houston Rockets.
James Harden extended his own historic run, dropping 42 points against the Thunder, the 29th straight game he’s scored at least 30.
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Harden went 11-for-28 from the field, including 6-for-16 from 3. He went 14-for-15 from the free-throw line. Harden missed the potential game-winner in the final 10 seconds, however.
The Thunder’s Paul George hit four free throws, to give him a game-high 45 points, to provide the final margin.
For Harden, it was the 21st time this season that he has scored at least 40 points. Seventeen of those 40-plus-point games have come during Harden’s 30-point streak.
Harden entered Saturday night averaging 36.5 points per game, the most any NBA player has averaged since Michael Jordan scored 37.1 in 1986-87.
Contributing: Matt Eppers