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Westbrook breaks venerable National Basketball Association triple-double record with a flourish

Apr 9 2017 Denver CO USA Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook Sets Single-Season Triple-Double Record
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:34

When point guard Russell Westbrook nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 106-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets, that capped off a spectacular season and pushing the superstar point guard to multiple milestones. Westbrook had 20 points in the fourth, including a steal, layup and basket with the Thunder clinging to a one-point lead, and two dagger 3-pointers in the final 1:13 (the second of which was followed by a strut).

Westbrook had 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in breaking Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles that stood since the 1961-62 season.

With the Thunder's win on Sunday, they knocked the Nuggets out of the playoffs, and made the Blazers the West's No. 8 seed. But today's watercooler discussion belongs to Russell Westbrook - who did this Sunday night. The Thunder guard tied the record last Tuesday to move him into fourth place in National Basketball Association history with 79 triple-doubles surpassing Wilt Chamberlain. "I continue to think 'Why not?' and continue to strive to be the best that I can be". "I thought winning is what this is about - period", the Houston Rockets star said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com. I'm just very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete on the highest level.

Nuggets: Denver was without F Kenneth Faried (back) and G Jameer Nelson (right calf) but G Emmanuel Mudiay returned from a swollen right ankle.

But the 6-foot-3 point guard for Oklahoma City stayed humble about it, and realized his place in history when his big moment came. "But I always feel like, as a player, you have a certain rhythm you get into and a way you're playing". "I was open and let it go". Westbrook on the other hand, have averaged a triple-double (31.7 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds). F Doug McDermott was a late scratch with a sore left knee.

"His performance down the stretch was incredible", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, adding that Westbrook strengthened the argument that he should be the NBA Most Valuable Player honors.

Thunder: Wrap up their four-game trip at Minnesota on Tuesday night before finishing regular season against Denver at home.