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Oklahoma City Thunder beat Denver Nuggets at buzzer as Russell Westbrook becomes the NBA’s single-season triple-double leader

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Russell Westbrook stuns Pepsi Center while making single-season history

W. Bennett Berry

In another mind-altering display, Russell Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson’s single-season triple-double record before downing the Denver Nuggets at the buzzer for a 106-105 Oklahoma City Thunder win.

Westbrook roared to historic triple-double #42 with 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. And while the insatiable guard etched his name among the game’s greats with 4:17 remaining, his improbable 36-foot buzzer beater capped a spellbinding performance.

Trailing by 10 with 3:20 to play, an inspired Westbrook erupted with a frenetic burst. Overall, Westbrook outscored Denver 18-14 in the fourth. With the come-from-behind heroics, OKC’s record improves to 46-34. Meanwhile, Mike Malone’s gutsy crew (38-42) is officially eliminated from post-season contention.

Though Denver’s story ends before a stunned Pepsi Center, this night, this moment, belongs to Russell Westbrook.

And while, traditionally, an MVP candidate’s team is among the league’s elite, Westbrook’s 80-game run has been anything but typical. As the drama settles, a strong case can be made that Westbrook is the NBA’s most valuable player.

While his awed contemporaries said it best; this has been the season of Westbrook.

On that note, no further numbers are necessary.

Oklahoma City again takes the court Tuesday vs. home-standing Minnesota.