The Golden State Warriors emerged with a 124-114 win in the clash of the top two teams in the Western Conference as they took on the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
The defending champions were without Kevin Durant and the Rockets were missing the league's top scorer James Harden but the men from Oakland showed that they still have enough firepower at their disposal.
Stephen Curry continued his terrific offensive play since returning from an ankle injury as he led the Warriors with 29 points.
But with KD out and David West also suffering a sprained ankle during the contest, the team needed their star players to take on more of the load on both ends of the floor and one player always willing to do what's necessary is Draymond Green.
He once again displayed why he's the most important player on the roster by doing almost everything on the court.
Green is Golden State's Swiss Army Knife and put up his second triple-double of the season with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
This was his 21st career triple-double for the Warriors and it was the most significant as it turned out to be a historic feat.
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has now set a franchise record for the most in the team's history, surpassing the 20 by Hall of Famer Tom Gola.
"It's not something I ever thought about or thought would happen, especially not playing much my first two years," Green said, per Yahoo Sports. "It's kind of crazy. But it's definitely something to be proud of."
Head coach Steve Kerr paid tribute to his power forward who only needed three-plus seasons to pull off the impressive achievement to take over from Gola as the team's sole leader in triple-doubles.
"It's a hell of an accomplishment," Kerr said. "Tom Gola is a Hall of Famer. It was an amazing night for Draymond. He did everything for us."
The two-time All-Star played four different positions in the win over Houston as he happily took on roles at his usual four spot, small forward, center and a bit of point guard as the playmaker.
"He's huge; he's made a nice living off his uniqueness and what he brings to our team," Curry said. "There may be nights where he doesn't stuff the stat sheets, but he still finds a way to be impactful.
"And based on the eye test, just watching the game, you can see him all over the place. Like tonight, he played the whole floor game, offensively knocking down shots, rebounding the basketball, finding open guys, playing great defense."
Draymond's unique abilities make him an indispensable member of the team and he displayed it to great effect yet again to help them secure a statement win.