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Russell Westbrook Passes Gary Payton as Thunder’s All-Time Scoring Leader

Russell Westbrook has added another accomplishment under his belt. On Thursday, Westbrook became the all-time scoring leader for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He passed NBA Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton to achieve the feat.

Westbrook is on an impressive streak, as he tallied his 11th-straight triple-double against the Pelicans on Thursday. He finished the game with 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. On Monday, Westbrook broke the streak previously held by Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine-straight triple-doubles. His 11th triple-double helped him pass Payton as the Thunder’s all-time leading scorer.

Westbrook needed five points going into the game and scored 44. He became the all-time scoring leader after a driving layup in the first quarter. The layup gave Westbrook 18,208 points, which surpassed Payton’s 18,207 points. His 44 points put Westbrook at a total of 18,247.

Gary Payton accomplished the feat in his 13 years with the Seattle Supersonics. The Supersonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. The Sonics drafted Westbrook in the same year. He was the fourth pick of that year’s draft. Then, the Sonics became the Thunder in July.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing well this year with a record of 37-20. They are currently third in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook and Paul George are a big part of success. They lost their most recent game, but won four-straight games before their loss.

Russell Westbrook is adding to his accomplishments with the Thunder,  but he’ll likely strive for more.(Image Courtesy of USA Today)

Westbrook’s triple-double streak is noteworthy and it could continue after the All-Star break. Now, he has another accomplishment. He is the all-time leading scorer of the Thunder. As his career progresses, he’ll create a more significant lead over Payton and other great players of the organization. Westbrook is a big part of the Oklahoma City Thunder and his ongoing accomplishments add to his legacy.

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