Russell Westbrook gets 100th career triple-double as Thunder defeat Hawks

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On a night the reigning MVP became only the fourth player in National Basketball Association history to reach 100 triple-doubles, joining all-timers Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd, Westbrook's greatest accomplishment was the way he took over a game his team desperately needed during the moments it most desperately needed it.

What has been the most surprising is the ridiculous pace in which he's racked them up, getting a whopping 63 of his total 100 within the last two seasons - still making a major gap between him and the next best team, LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. I give thanks to the man above just for allowing me to go out and play the game I love each and every night.

Brett Dawson looks at the updated Western Conference standings: "The Thunder got off to a sluggish start, but some solid second-half defense and Russell Westbrook's 1o0th career triple-double kept OKC in the No. 4 spot".

Westbrook didn't have the triple-double, yet. "I'm just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys", Westbrook told reporters after the game, via ESPN. "Because I never, ever imagined me playing in the league". And looking beyond the scope of Westbrook's career, he has more triple-doubles than 23 of the other 29 active franchises do ... all-time! He finished with 32 points, 12 assists and 12 boards to lead the Thunder to a 119-107 victory. "Yeah, I'll be all right, I'll be all right", George said. However, the Thunder did already report that George would be reevaluated Wednesday once the team returned home to Oklahoma City, so another update will still likely come once that evaluation has been completed.

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"Certain guys in the league have to do something to impact the game. It's really a heck of a milestone and an incredible accomplishment".

The Thunder, 41-29, are now sitting in fourth place in the wildly competitive Western Conference but they're just a half game up on the fifth seed New Orleans Pelicans and the sixth seed Minnesota Timberwolves.

Nick Gallo recaps last night's win in Atlanta: "For the third consecutive game, the Thunder lost a starter to minor injury midway through the contest".

It was, however, about as tense as a Tuesday performance against the 20-48 Hawks can become.