Westbrook breaks Robertson's record for triple-doubles


Two days after joining Robertson as the only players in league history to average a triple-double over an entire season, Westbrook secured his 42nd of the year by picking up his 10th assist on a dish to Semaj Christon for a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter.

The deep three was Stephen-Curry-esque, similar to Curry's MVP-sealing 40-foot game-winning three-pointer last season against Westbrook's Thunder. Since 1983, a player scoring at least 50 while posting a triple-double has only happened five times, Westbrook is responsible for three of those games, with James Harden achieving the feat twice.

Not only did the 28-year-old break the record for triple-doubles in a season with his 42nd, he also made a decision to win the game for Oklahoma City Thunder in the final seconds.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Kevin Durant (knee) returned from a 19-game absence Saturday, compiling 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a rout of New Orleans. "I thought winning is what this is about, period", said Harden, who had his 21st triple-double of the season in the Rockets win over the Kings on Sunday. But, Russell Westbrook has been straight up God-like.

With 2.9 seconds remaining in the game, the Oklahoma City Thunder were down 103-105.

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There was a nightmarish end for the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Atlanta, where the Hawks became just the third National Basketball Association team to overcome a deficit of 26 or more points in the fourth quarter to win.

Though Denver's story ends before a stunned Pepsi Center, this night, this moment, belongs to Russell Westbrook. But now Westbrook holds the season record.

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

The Rockets and the Thunder have the same almost the amount of turnovers per game during the season (Houston averages 15.2 and the Thunder 15.0), but the point guard battle will be the one to watch between James Harden and Westbrook. F Doug McDermott was a late scratch with a sore left knee. With the Thunder locked into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoff field and only two games left on the schedule, coach Billy Donovan said the time was right to give their MVP candidate a rest.

Denver will face Oklahoma City again on Wednesday in the season finale after playing in Dallas on Tuesday.