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.
This shot:— NBA.com (@NBAcom) April 9, 2017
A) Won the game
B) eliminated Denver from the playoffs
C) gave Westbrook 50 points
D) all of the above pic.twitter.com/NmcCpcmpls
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.
Russell Westbrook has stamped his mark as one of the game's all-time greats. What an absolutely awe-inspiring performance! #Thunderup— Joshua Broom (@BroomSports82) April 9, 2017
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.
wow russ. give that man the mvp.— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) April 9, 2017
On that note, no further numbers are necessary.
Oklahoma City again takes the court Tuesday vs. home-standing Minnesota.