Russell Westbrook's triple-double on Sunday was the 79th of his career, and moved him past Wilt Chamberlain for fourth all-time. Including the game-winning 3, he had 50 points, 10 assists, and 16 rebounds.
On the other hand, Russell Westbrook capped off his historic season by sending the Denver Nuggets out of the playoffs. Oklahoma City defeated Denver 106-105. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts.
Westbrook made National Basketball Association history on Sunday, posting his 42nd triple-double of the regular season with his 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the thrilling 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets.
#Hist0ry Made!@russwest44 secures his 42nd triple-double to pass Oscar Robertson for the most in a single season! His performance was pretty remarkable to watch, because he not only had another triple-double, but he did so while scoring 50 points, too, including a ridiculous 3 at the buzzer to win the game. Shooting guard Alex Abrines (left knee sprain) missed his third consecutive game when OKC played the Nuggets. "He's had a hell of a season".
"I thought winning was what this is about".
To most, Russ' buzzer-beater looked like a stupidly low-percentage shot to take with the clock winding down and your team down by three.
Same spot. And, he said, usually the same result.
"For him to understand and communicate so regularly with his teammates about what they mean to him and how they're helping him do these things, I think it's a good look inside of him and who he is", Presti said.
Westbrook fed Semaj Christon in the right corner for a 3-pointer that pulled Oklahoma City to 101-91 and gave Westbrook his record.
Westbrook has pushed the Thunder to a 46-34 record. "Earlier in the year, people said he can't keep this up for 82 games, and he has". "I loved watching it".
It's unbelievable. It's something I never could have dreamed about as a kid. "It is something you definitely will never forget". Westbrook scored 19 of the Thunder's final 23 points in the fourth quarter. "(But) I really feel that we lost this game.
But Gallo didn't score at all in the fourth quarter, when the Nuggets managed just 14 points.
That still left the Thunder trailing by 10, but Westbrook would have none of it. Oklahoma City's next best players after Westbrook are Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. He then hit a 16-foot jumper with 7.1 seconds remaining for the win.