Two days after joining Robertson as the only players in league history to average a triple-double over an entire season, Westbrook secured his 42nd of the year by picking up his 10th assist on a dish to Semaj Christon for a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter.
The Nuggets needed a victory in their home finale Sunday to avoid being eliminated from playoff contention for the fourth consecutive season.
He scored the team's final 13 points as Oklahoma City rallied from 10 down with three minutes left.
The Thunder will face Houston Rockets in the first round of playoffs, providing a classic confrontation between Westbrook and MVP rival James Harden, who was traded out of Oklahoma City for the draft pick that became Steven Adams. Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 11 assists for the Raptors. The loss dropped the Cavaliers (51-29) into a tie with Boston for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, although Cleveland owns the tiebreaker. The Blazers, who still have two regular season games remaining, are heading to the playoffs for a fourth straight season and for the 33rd time in the franchise's 47 year season history. If the Cavs and Celtics finish with the same record, Cleveland will get the top seed for winning the season series.
However, the final three points of the game were the most remarkable of the bunch.
Westbrook was fouled on a 3-point attempt and knocked down all three shots to cut the lead to 105-101 with 47.4 seconds left. Russell Westbrook is averaging 31.7 points and 10.4 assists while Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. NY rookie Willy Hernangomez tied his career high with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Reggie Bullock and Boban Marjanovic scored 14 points each as the Detroit Pistons beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-90, while Devin Brooker and TJ Warren scored 21 each as the Phoenix Suns enjoyed a 124-111 win over the Dallas Mavericks. He had collected them by the early part of the third quarter.
Westbrook had 23 points, a dozen boards and half a dozen assists by the time the Thunder went to the locker room trailing 53-52 at halftime at the Pepsi Center. Booker, with a 3-pointer less than two minutes into the game, passed Kobe Bryant to move into fourth place on the National Basketball Association scoring list of players before their 21st birthday. LeBron James has been great this year.
"I'm honored just to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson", Westbrook said recently while creeping up on the record. I don't turn down the better team and free points often, and I'm not doing it here. Ulis said Westbrook was passing up open shots to force his way to 10 assists.
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