Russell Westbrook sets triple-double record in Oklahoma City victory
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 17:00
Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles had stood since the 1961-62 season.
Absolutely remarkable. Numerous players, coaches, and fans congratulated Westbrook on his incredible record-breaking season, but one notable congratulator was the king of the triple-double before Westbrook this season, Oscar Robertson. It was a classic display of all-around dominance - 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, capped by a 36-foot game-winner at the buzzer - combined with a refusal to let the Oklahoma City Thunder lose.
Portland earned the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth with Denver's loss. With Oklahoma City's playoff fate already decided - the Thunder will face Houston in the first round - it may be Westbrook's final triple-double of the season. "I definitely felt confident in shooting that shot". "Congratulations to Russell Westbrook on a magnificent season", Robertson wrote for the Undefeated.
Harden has led his Rockets team (54-26) to the NBA's third-best record, pouring on 29.2 points (second-best), 11.2 assists (league-best) and 8.1 rebounds per game. "I don't know any other way to play", Westbrook said after the game on why he kept playing, why he brought that kind of performance at that moment.
Gallinari scored 22 points in the third quarter to give Denver a 14-point and the Nuggets were up by 10 entering the fourth, but the Thunder (46-34) rallied to get within two on Westbrook's layup with 27.1 seconds left.
It was a landmark day in the National Basketball Association as Westbrook set the record for the most triple-doubles in a regular season with his 42nd against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Just a driving baseline reverse and emphatic one-handed slam. "Earlier in the year, people said he can't keep this up for 82 games, and he has". Witnessing Russ's glorious late-game heroics as he carried the backbreaking weight of the Oklahoma City Thunder to a playoff spot was thrilling and now historic, so much so that the highlights demand revisiting.
"It's something you dream about as a little kid", said Westbrook.
Westbrook thanked his teammates in the locker room. This time, Westbrook took a pass from center Steven Adams off the inbounds with 2.9 seconds to play, down two, before launching a deep three for the win. Sabonis missed another short jumper with 5:39 left that would have given Westbrook the record.
Thunder: Wrap up their four-game trip at Minnesota on Tuesday night before finishing regular season against Denver at home.