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Sport Westbrook sets triple-double record, Thunder beat Nuggets

02:51  10 april  2017
02:51  10 april  2017 Source:   ap.org

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Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Westbrook sets triple - double record , Thunder beat Nuggets . AP Published 7:29 p.m. ET April 9 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook sits on the bench with ice on his knees against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA

DENVER >> First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple - doubles in a season. Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets ’ hearts. Westbrook ’s 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets from playoff contention and capping an

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a shot over Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic (15) during the first half of a basketball game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) © The Associated Press Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a shot over Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic (15) during the first half of a basketball game Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) DENVER — Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 56-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the season Sunday, then he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 106-105 victory.

That eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention.

BOX SCORE:  THUNDER 106, NUGGETS 105

Westbrook had 50 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in breaking Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles that stood since the 1961-62 season.

Oscar Robertson is rooting for Russell Westbrook to average a triple-double

  Oscar Robertson is rooting for Russell Westbrook to average a triple-double The Big O wouldn't mind another member in his exclusive club.Oscar Robertson isn’t one of those former basketball stars who has to tear down the new generation. With Russell Westbrook on the brink of joining Robertson as the only player to average a triple-double for a full season, the Big O told reporters Friday that he’s rooting for Westbrook to make NBA history.Via ESPN.

Westbrook ’s 42nd triple - double is one more than the “Big O” had for the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62, a mark that many in the NBA had considered unbreakable until Westbrook ’s incredible run. The crowd gave Westbrook a standing ovation after he broke Robertson’s record with his 10th assist with 4:17

Russell Westbrook not only set the triple - double record , he also came up clutch as the Thunder eliminated the Nuggets . Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a shot over Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic (15) during the first half of a basketball game, in Denver.

Westbrook's record-breaking assist came with 4:17 remaining after a series of missed shots delayed his historic moment

With his triple-double in the books, Westbrook scored his team's final 13 points, including a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded after a timeout with 2.9 seconds left.

Kyle Single inbounded the ball to Steven Adams, who fed Westbrook for the winner.

Danilo Gallinari scored 22 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter to lead the Nuggets, who were hoping to take the race with Portland for the final Western Conference playoff spot down to the final two games.

Before tip-off, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he wouldn't care if Westbrook broke the record so long as it came in a loss.

"I want to win. That's the most important thing for me is if we get a win and he breaks the record, gets a triple-double, so be it," Malone said. "I think the most important analytical stat out there is wins and we need to win today if we want to continue to go on this road trip and play meaningful basketball for the last two games."

Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd

  Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, but failed for the second game in a row to break Oscar Robertson's single-season record for most triple-doubles. Westbrook fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's one-sided 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.On a rough night all around, Westbrook had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, along with eight turnovers before coach Billy Donovan pulled him with 2:34 to play.

First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple - doubles in a season. The crowd gave Westbrook a standing ovation after he broke Robertson's record with his 10th assist with 4:17 remaining. Then, those same fans stood in stunned silence after watching Westbrook score his

Westbrook 's 42nd triple - double is one more than the ''Big O'' had for the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62, a mark that many in the NBA had considered unbreakable until Westbrook 's incredible run. The crowd gave Westbrook a standing ovation after he broke Robertson's record with his 10th assist with 4

The Nuggets then blew their double-digit lead by allowing Westbrook to score the game's final eight points.

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.

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.

LONG TIME COMING

Westbrook nearly 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.

Upon his return, Westbrook again fed Kanter, who took several steps on his way to the basket and was whistled for traveling with 8:20 left.

With the crowd again on its feet anticipating history, Westbrook passed to Domatas Sabonis, whose jumper rimmed out at 7:16. Sabonis missed another short jumper with 5:39 left that would have given Westbrook the record.

Russell Westbrook has played one of the NBA's all-time great seasons

  Russell Westbrook has played one of the NBA's all-time great seasons Oscar Robertson’s records were once considered to be among sport’s unbreakable records. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard just changed thatNot only was there not intense coverage of the statistical mark in 1962, Robertson didn’t even know he had achieved anything remarkable or historic at the time. “Not at all,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer near the 50th anniversary of his feat in 2012. “I didn’t know anything about it forever, to be honest.

Westbrook also broke the NBA record for triple doubles with 42. Westbrook 's 36-foot dagger at the buzzer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory, eliminating the Nuggets from playoff contention and capping an historic Sunday afternoon in which he scored 50 points to go with 16 rebounds and 10

Russell Westbrook tallied his 42nd triple - double on Sunday night, breaking the season record set by Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 with the Cincinnati Royals. Westbrook ’s 50-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance in the Oklahoma City Thunder ’s 106-105 comeback win over the Denver Nuggets

Finally, Westbrook fed Semaj Christon in the right corner for a 3-pointer that pulled the Thunder to 101-91 and gave Westbrook his record.

TIP-INS

Thunder: F Doug McDermott was a late scratch with a sore left knee. ... Coach Billy Donovan said it'll be up to Westbrook if he wants to rest during one or both of the Thunder's final two games. Donovan said he'll defer to his players, who might choose rhythm over rest.

Nuggets: Denver was without F Kenneth Faried (back) and G Jameer Nelson (right calf) but G Emmanuel Mudiay returned from a swollen right ankle.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Wrap up their four-game trip at Minnesota on Tuesday night before finishing against Denver on Wednesday night.

Nuggets: Visit Dallas Tuesday on the first night of a back-to-back to end their season.

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Thunder prove they are more than Russell Westbrook .
It turns out Russell Westbrook does in fact have teammates. Maybe it was thunder sticks (which are aptly named in Oklahoma City) or the blue and white clad crowd that never let up on their cheering and booing and all-around noise-making in Chesapeake Arena on Friday night.Whatever did the trick, the other guys who play with Westbrook finally showed up for their playoff series against the Rockets.As the Thunder picked up their first win in the series - a 115-113 victory - it was the first time Oklahoma City's supporting cast contributed in a big way.

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