Westbrook breaks Robertson's record for triple-doubles

Rachel Hardy
April 13, 2017

And the last of those points came at the death as the Thunder snatched a 106-105 victory - eliminating Denver from play-off contention in the process.

With the shot, Westbrook recorded his third career 50-point triple-double, the most by any player in National Basketball Association history, as noted in the image above. Morey linked statistics saying Harden joined Robertson as the only players to total 2000 points, 750 assists, and 500 rebounds in a season. @russwest44 records his 42nd triple-double, drops 50 PTS & hits the game-winner at the buzzer! He only averaged a triple-double in one of them. Westbrook's victor from about 36 feet cam after Nikola Jokic missed a runner on the other end that would have put the game out of reach. OKC's Westbrook has similar numbers this year with 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game for the Thunder, which will face the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets in their final games of the regular season.

Kyrie Irving scored 45 points and LeBron James collected 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but it was all for nought as the Cavs dropped into a tie with Boston. Russell Westbrook has 42 triple-doubles this season, officially breaking Oscar Robertson's record from 1962. "That's the most important thing for me is if we get a win and he breaks the record, gets a triple-double, so be it", Malone said. Then, Portland will play the defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in the opening round. They're locked into that spot in the standings and are headed for a first-round matchup against the Houston Rockets, which feature Westbrook's only real competition for the MVP award this year, James Harden.

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And while, traditionally, an MVP candidate's team is among the league's elite, Westbrook's 80-game run has been anything but typical.

In 80 starts, Westbrook lead the league in points but was unable to will his side in to the playoffs without Durant's offence, giving many people the opinion that Westbrook could not make playoffs without Durant. He's been in the MVP conversation, as well, alongside Kawhi Leonard. "I'm very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete at the highest level", said Westbrook during the post-game interview, as per The Guardian. "But that does not demean what you've done as an individual".

It was an electric atmosphere all day long in the arena, as the Nuggets generally outplayed the Thunder, save for Westbrook's performance.

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