He still has a ways to go to catch Robertson's career mark of 181. He recorded the triple-double with 4 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, with the crowd giving him a standing ovation. @russwest44 records his 42nd triple-double, drops 50 PTS & hits the game-winner at the buzzer! He passed Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season. OKC's Westbrook has similar numbers this year with 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game for the Thunder, which will face the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets in their final games of the regular season. Portland will be the No. 8 seed when the postseason begins next week.
Westbrook is obviously a top candidate for league MVP, and the obvious victor for some, with career-high averages of 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game this season.
Russell Westbrook made National Basketball Association history on Sunday as he broke Oscar Robertson's triple-double record with his 42nd of an incredible individual campaign. Usually, NBA fans can expect one triple-double every 36 games or so.
The Thunder want to prove they do not miss Kevin Durant and the Rockets want to beat the Golden State Warriors badly. Westbrook is considered by many as shoo-in for this year's MVP but his first-round rival, Houston's James Harden, is another candidate that could snatch the award from him.More news: Bulls early surprise of playoffs after taking 2 at Boston
With his 10th assist and his record in the books after four tries at that final assist Westbrook took care of the scoring himself the rest of the way. Andrew Wiggins led the team with 41 points on 13 of 26 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns added 40 points with 21 rebounds while Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng added 12 points each.
Whoever makes the fewest mistakes and puts their teammates in the best position will have their team win the series.
- The Thunder are 33-9 this term when Westbrook gets a triple-double. It was a priority for Westbrook to acquire the triple-double record after not passing the record in Phoenix when he was 2 assists short of from 42 triple-doubles.