HIGHLIGHTS: Westbrook breaks triple-double record, Nuggets' hearts

HIGHLIGHTS: Westbrook breaks triple-double record, Nuggets' hearts”

Westbrook had already clinched averaging a triple-double on the season before Sunday night's game to become the only player to do that since Oscar Robertson averaged one during the 1961-62 season.

Trailing by 10 with 3:20 to play, an inspired Westbrook outscored Denver 18-14 during a frenetic burst.

It was yet another remarkable display of the all-around excellence that a triple-double - the achievement of double-digit totals in three of five key statistical categories - has come to represent.

It was his third 50-point triple-double of the season - another record - and left Westbrook feeling "blessed, very blessed".

Westbrook had 50 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, including the Thunder's final 13 points. Westbrook's victor from about 36 feet cam after Nikola Jokic missed a runner on the other end that would have put the game out of reach.

That eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention.

He had 17 points and seven rebounds in the quarter, pushing his halftime total to 23 points and 12 rebounds to go along with six assists.

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But since notching his 41st triple-double of the season on Tuesday he had twice fallen short as he vied for number 42.

Kyrie Irving scored 45 points for Cleveland and LeBron James posted a triple-double of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. But if there's anything Westbrook has proven this season, it's that you can't count ever him out. They not having Kevin Durant as their leader after he chose to play for the Warriors, in which the Warriors eliminated the Thunder a year ago in the Western Conference Finals.

The Thunder will face the Houston Rockets, led by the league's other MVP favorite, James Harden, in the first round.

At Pepsi Center, not only Russell Westbrook crushed Denver Nuggets fans, but he also made history and it just wasn't the game winning 3. Or, is it Harden, who has slightly less-impressive individual numbers, but who has led his team to perhaps the most surprising record in the National Basketball Association this season? The Rockets superstar has averages of 29.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 11.2 assists this season.

If there's an MVP race deemed too close to call, it's this one. Robertson, however, believes Westbrook is the clear MVP and recently told USA TODAY Sports that Westbrook is "the triple-double king".

Mark this date in your history books folks as Westbrook notched his 42nd triple-double of the season tonight, and now holds the record for most in a season.

However, Robertson, who played for Cincinnati Royals that year, did not win the NBA MVP award.

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