Westbrook reaches 100th triple-double as Thunder down Hawks

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 13: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks on March 13, 2018 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States — Russell Westbrook snared the 100th triple-double of his career on Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder closed in on a playoff berth with a 119-107 defeat of the Atlanta Hawks.

Westbrook finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to become only the fourth player in NBA history to record a century of triples.

The 29-year-old Thunder star joins Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) as the latest member of the exclusive club of triple-double centurions.

Reigning NBA MVP Westbrook had already claimed Robertson’s single-season triple-double record last year, with 42.

“It’s a blessing man, I give all thanks to the man above for the ability to play basketball,” Westbrook said afterwards when asked about his milestone.

“I’m just thankful to be able to do it here in Oklahoma City with my team-mates, happy to be able to accomplish something like that,” he added.

Westbrook led the scoring on Tuesday, with Carmelo Anthony adding 21 points and Jerami Grant contributing 20 off the bench as the Thunder improved to 41-29.

Oklahoma City are fourth in the Western Conference standings, two wins ahead of the fifth-placed New Orleans Pelicans.

Although not mathematically certain of a place in the postseason, only a major collapse is likely to deny the Thunder a playoff berth.

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