Too Much Russ: Hawks Fall to Thunder 119-107

Paul George on playing Atlanta'We can't look at this as an easy one

Paul George on playing Atlanta'We can't look at this as an easy one

However, the team's relative inexperience led to their downfall as a flurry of fouls was committed on the Thunder's Patrick Patterson and Russell Westbrook - forcing foulouts by John Collins and Isaiah Taylor.

With a defensive rebound late in the fourth quarter Tuesday against the Hawks, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder recorded his 100th career triple-double, joining an exclusive club that includes just three other members in National Basketball Association history.

Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd are the only other players to have 100 triple-doubles in their career. Jerami Grant came off the bench and added 20 points, five rebounds, two steals, two blocks in the win.

Taurean Prince knocked down a 3-pointer to tie it at 103 with 5:15 remaining. Atlanta chipped into the lead and went into the fourth quarter only down two, 90-88. The Hawks answered with an 8-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Prince, but Oklahoma City pulled away from that point.

The Thunder are now 1.5 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for third place in the Western Conference.

The Hawks played with energy and pizzazz in the first half, bolting out to a 38 to 23 scoring advantage in the 2 quarter, which was a major reason for their halftime lead.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three blocks.

The Thunder return home to host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at 7:00 pm.