Not since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished it in 1968 had a player notched 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in an NBA game.
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But with 1:04 left in the Oklahoma City Thunderâs game against the Lakers on Tuesday night, Russell Westbrook was so tantalizingly close — 20 points, 21 assists and 18 rebounds — that when Raymond Felton tried to check into the game for him, Westbrook waved him off.
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Advertisement He almost grabbed his 19th and 20th on the same possession, but after Westbrook grabbed his 19th rebound off a missed free throw, Alex Caruso denied Westbrook his 20th.
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At the other end of the court, Westbrook waited under the basket for the next Lakers miss. Westbrook made history when Isaac Bonga missed a shot. The game stopped to recognize Westbrook as soon as he caught it. By then, that milestone was all that remained, the Thunderâs win already in hand.
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The Thunder beat the Lakers 119-103, despite a spirited effort from a depleted Lakers team. Once again they played without LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart or Tyson Chandler.
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Westbrook, a Los Angeles native and star at UCLA, finished with 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds. The Lakers were led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 23 points and made five three-pointers
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