Westbrook Sets Triple-Double Record as Thunder Beat Nuggets

The Thunder occupy the No. 6 seed in the west with a record of 46-34 with just two games remaining.

"Westbrook's journey to tie or break my single-season triple-double records has been remarkable", Robertson added, "and I'm happy to congratulate him for doing so". The former UCLA Bruins ended the night with historical numbers and defeated the Denver Nuggets with a 3 point dagger. His absence appears to be purely for rest purposes, with no injury reported, and there were indications Westbrook would sit out sometime during Oklahoma City's season-ending back-to-back.

Kyrie Irving scored 45 points for Cleveland and LeBron James posted a triple-double of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

Russell Westbrook capped his history-making 42nd triple-double of the season with a game-winning three-pointer on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as his Oklahoma City Thunder knocked the Denver Nuggets out of National Basketball Association playoff contention 106-105. He scored the team's final 13 points as Oklahoma City rallied from 10 down with three minutes left.

This was Westbrook's third 50-plus-point triple-double of the season - another record - and his eighth with at least 40 points.

- By contrast Westbrook's averages for rebounds (10.7) and assists (10.4) are both lower than those set by Robertson, who racked up 12.5 rebounds per game along with 11.4 assists.

By recording his 10th assist of the night (he passed it to Semaj Christon, who then shot a three-pointer), Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season.

The Hawks wiped out a 26-point deficit in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Cavs 44-18 in the period and forcing overtime on Millsap's baseline jumper at the buzzer. The two-time All-Star Game MVP received a standing ovation from the road crowd for his feat right then and there.

Westbrook has the better stats than Harden but the latter has led his team to the third-best record in the league. I'm just very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete on the highest level.

The Thunder is locked into the sixth seed and will face Houston in the first round of the playoffs in a showdown between Westbrook and his chief rival for the MVP award, Rockets point guard James Harden. It was a priority for Westbrook to acquire the triple-double record after not passing the record in Phoenix when he was 2 assists short of from 42 triple-doubles.



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