Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record in a season, as he notched his 42nd in impressive fashion against the Denver Nuggets. The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched a narrow 106-105 victory on Sunday night as a result.
Westbrook put in a 50-point, 10-assist, 16-rebound performance to take his triple-double tally to 42, one more than Robertson had over a half-century ago. To cap an already outstanding performance from the MVP candidate, he also drained a dramatic 36-foot buzzer beater to seal the victory and eliminate Denver from playoff contention.
A) Won the game
B) eliminated Denver from the playoffs
C) gave Westbrook 50 points
D) all of the above pic.twitter.com/NmcCpcmpls
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) April 9, 2017
This record-breaking news comes just two days after it was confirmed that Westbrook became the first NBA player in 55 years to average a triple-double in a season after Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game in 1961-62.
The following is from ESPN.com’s Tim MacMahon:
“Very, very blessed. I’ve got to give all the thanks from the man above,” Westbrook said. “He’s blessed me with unbelievable talent to go out and compete at a high level. I’m just thankful for my teammates, for my coaching staff, for the organization, for all the fans, for my family for believing in me and allowing me to do what I’m doing.”
Westbrook had recorded a double-double by half-time, with a stat line of 23 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, with the Thunder going into the break trailing 53-52.
An explosive third quarter from the hosts saw the Nuggets go into the final quarter commanding a 10-point lead, which they held until the remaining two minutes of the game. Westbrook’s 10th assist came with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left in the fourth, when he kicked the ball out to Semaj Christon who made the corner three.
HES DONE IT!
Russell Westbrook sets NBA record for triple-doubles in one season, passing Oscar Robertson, with this assist: pic.twitter.com/jpjDQzA0gz
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 9, 2017
The Pepsi Center erupted and Westbrook received a standing ovation, but he wasn’t done yet. He then embarked on an individual scoring run of the Thunder’s last 15 points to clinch the game for his team in emphatic fashion.
The Thunder will next face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night as they look to finish the regular season strong and look ahead to the playoffs, while Denver will take on the Dallas Mavericks on the same night.