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Westbrook lands record-breaking 42nd triple-double

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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.

Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting the game-winning buzzer beater against the Nuggets. Harden averaged a double-double for the season with 29.1 points a game and 11.2 assists, and don't forget about his 8.1 rebounds.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Reggie Bullock and Boban Marjanovic each scored 14 points and Detroit used a 3-point shooting spree in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis.

They thought they could afford to fete Westbrook, with the Nuggets comfortably ahead in a game they had to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Including the game-winning 3, he had 50 points, 10 assists, and 16 rebounds. A 50-point performance - a record third 50-point triple double of the season.

Westbrook has seen congratulatory tweets and messages from all across the league since his game Sunday, with many National Basketball Association players joining in on the calls for him to be named MVP. How the Thunder choose to prepare, heading into a road game Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, is unknown.

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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.

Westbrook had already joined Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double over the course of a season. The Thunder are in sixth place (46-34) and will face Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference. Although there are still some doubters about his game and attitude, Westbrook just cemented his name in the history books. "I'm so thankful to be doing the things I'm doing", he said.

"My motto is 'Why not?' and I always stick by it, regardless of what people say what is possible, is not possible", he said.

But James fouled out with less than two minutes remaining in overtime, a call that left him fuming that the his brush with Millsap as they battled for rebounding position shouldn't have been a foul. F Doug McDermott was a late scratch with a sore left knee.

The Blazers (40-40), who were idle Sunday, have two regular-season games remaining: at home Monday against the Spurs and Wednesday against the Pelicans. Odd stuff happens on the second night of a back-to-back.

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