Russell Westbrook breaks NBA record for triple-doubles … then wins game on buzzer beater

Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beater to win Sunday’s game. Photograph: Jack Dempsey/AP
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Russell Westbrook has capped one of the all-time great individual NBA seasons by recording his 42nd triple-double, passing hall of famer Oscar Robertson. Westbrook wasn’t finished there though – he went on to win the game with a three-point buzzer beater.

The Oklahoma City Thunder guard set the mark with his 10th assist of the game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, a fourth-quarter pass to Semaj Christon for a three-pointer. Robertson’s record had stood since the 1961-62 season.

The Denver crowd stood to applaud Westbrook, and the six-time All-Star ended with a line of 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. “It’s amazing. It’s something I never could have dreamed about as a kid. I’m very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete at the highest level,” he said after the game. “I’m thankful to my team-mates and my coaching staff, my fans, my family.”

He was then asked when he knew breaking the record was possible. “My motto was ‘why not?’ and I always stick by it … I continue to strive to be the best I can be.”

Earlier this week, Westbrook joined Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. Sunday’s mark also moved him past the great Wilt Chamberlain to fourth all-time on the list of most triple-doubles in a career.

The Thunder have already secured their place in the playoffs with two games of the regular season to go, and their coach Billy Donovan has said it will be Westbrook’s decision whether he wants to sit out those games after what has been a superhuman run of games.

Westbrook is favorite to be named the season MVP but he will face another man in superb form, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, in the first round of the playoffs. Source: theguardian

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