Westbrook had 23 points, a dozen boards and half a dozen assists by the time the Thunder went to the locker room trailing 53-52 at halftime at the Pepsi Center. He also won the game for the Thunder, by making a three-pointer at the buzzer against the Denver Nuggets.
Westbrook had 50 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in breaking Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles that stood since the 1961-62 season.
Harden has led the Rockets to the NBA' third-best record (54-26), scoring 29.2 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds. He was one of six players to start every game this season. After a loss last Sunday to Cleveland, George and the Pacers have run off three consecutive wins to pull themselves back to.500 with just two games remaining on the schedule.
"Very, very blessed. I've got to give all the thanks from the man above", Westbrook said after the game.
Oklahoma City is buzzing about Russell Westbrook's MVP chances after he broke the single-season triple-double record.
Westbrook's 42nd triple-double is one more than the "Big O" had for the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62, a mark that many in the National Basketball Association had considered unbreakable until Westbrook's incredible run. 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.
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Though the Rockets are eight games ahead of the Thunder in the standings, the team success argument also should factor in the relative strength of the two rosters. Next on the list is Jason Kidd, who had 107 career triple-doubles.
First, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season.
"It's something I never dreamt about as a kid".
That shot eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention. Again, Westbrook would come up short of a triple-double.
"He's been unbelievable the way he's played, the way he's led", Donovan said.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference on Sunday when Denver lost to Oklahoma City 106-105. 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.