Russell Westbrook ties 55-year-old NBA triple-double record

With three games left in the season, the Nuggets sit at the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings and are 1.5 games back from the Trailblazers for the eighth and final playoff spot. The dime moved him next to Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple double for a season. While this may not be an outstanding average, Wall is getting it done in the assist category where he is averaging 10.7 assists per game. However, he guaranteed himself a triple-double average in points, rebounds and assists for the season, a feat previously accomplished only by Robertson.

Russell Westbrook is the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for a season. They must win their Sunday afternoon matinee against Oklahoma City, or be eliminated from the chase.

"I'm honored just to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson", Westbrook said recently.

"I wasn't trying for the triple-double", Donovan said.

When the Big O averaged his 30.8 points, 12.5 boards and 11.4 assists back in 1961-62, he did so during an era where the pace was absurdly fast, and all the players logged a nauseating amount of minutes. This common theme is that they contain a star point guard. Donovan said he'll defer to his players, who might choose rhythm over rest.

Russell Westbrook has been in basically a two-man race for NBA MVP with James Harden all season long. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins said Harden will never be a stopper but who cares? OKC drop to 45-34 while the Suns improve to 23-57. In other words, the two finalists were not only great players but they also led their respective teams to the final stage of the playoffs.

The victor of the 1961-62 MVP award was Bill Russell.

Westbrook should be a lock to win the MVP Award once he adds another achievement to his collection by passing Oscar Robertson, and there is no doubt about it. Rather, we will focus in on just how incredible Westbrook has been in clutch situations this season. They haven't won a regular season contest against Russell Westbrook in four years. And then at that point, around 2:35, 2:40, I actually thought about calling a timeout on the play he got fouled to get him out. It's unfortunate that James is usually taken for granted because he's supposed to deliver huge numbers game after game so that when he doesn't, the bashers go bananas.

One of the two men in this picture will nearly certainly be crowned as the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

Despite ranking 25 in total clutch minutes played this season, Westbrook leads all players in points (241), made field goals (80) and field goals attempted (181). The Suns shot 61 percent for the half and set a season high for points in the first half.

Kyle Single inbounded the ball to Steven Adams, who fed Westbrook for the victor. He turns the ball over only three percent on isos.

Russell Westbrook is the league's best player. Last season, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady were the two finalists, and the dueled it out in one of the most dramatic Super Bowls of all-time.

The Nuggets chances for the playoffs took a turn for the worse on Saturday night as the Portland Trail Blazers decimated the Utah Jazz in Portland behind a whopping 59 points from Damian Lillard, which is a franchise record for points scored in a single game.

  • Julie Sanders