Trail Blazers clinch playoff spot with Nuggets loss
Apr 10 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Not only did he set the trip-dub record, but he also knocked the Nuggets out of playoff contention with a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the National Basketball Association season - then broke the Denver Nuggets with a buzzer-beating three-pointer in a 106-105 Thunder triumph.
Denver led by 14 at one point in the fourth quarter.
With Westbrook teetering on his final assist needed for the record, the crowd rose to its feet time and time again, a mixture of Nuggets fans desperate for their squad to survive for the playoffs and eager to witness history.
Westbrook also scored 57 points on March 30, setting the record for most points scored while recording a triple-double in a game. However, Westbrook's recent onslaught of triple-doubles, plus Harden's injury, seem to have turned the narrative back the other way.
"Not a lot to tell; the emotions are really high", Jokic, who was hit with a costly flagrant foul and technical that helped the Thunder rally, said about Malone's postgame speech.
Thunder: Oklahoma City is three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 5 spot in the West. Both Harden and Westbrook have put up similar numbers and are equally clutch with less than five minutes to go in a ball game, but Harden has led his team to a 24-15 road record.
He is averaging 31.7 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds per game and has clinched a triple-double average for the season with just two games remaining.
We are living in one of Russell Westbrook's lucid dreams.
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On a rough night all around, Westbrook had 23 points (on 6-of-25 shooting, 2 of 12 3-pointers), 12 rebounds and eight assists, along with eight turnovers before coach Billy Donovan pulled him with 2:34 to play. Watch Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets Live Streaming online and TV with the guidelines provided here below.
Westbrook, the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA, is poised to eclipse Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles after matching the mark on April 4. "To piggyback on what I just said, every night I go out and compete on a high level".
Kyle Single inbounded the ball to Steven Adams, who fed Westbrook for the victor. Our turnovers in the fourth quarter, we had six turnovers for 10 points.
The Thunder won 106-105.
Westbrook almost had his 10th assist with two minutes left in the third quarter but Enes Kanter lost the handle going up for the basket and Westbrook took a seat until the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook sinks a giant game-winning shot to seal victory for the OKC Thunder after setting a new National Basketball Association record for the most triple-doubles in a season with 42.
Doug McDermott (left knee soreness) did not play in the win over the Nuggets.
The 28-year-old, however, was not to be denied by the Nuggets on the weekend.