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Russell Westbrook ties triple-double record; James Harden keeps streak

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

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