Russell Westbrook breaks triple double record, hits buzzer-beater for win

So with nothing at stake for the team's playoff seed, or for himself individually against history, a case can be made Westbrook is due for a game off like other stars have had.

That shot eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention.

Westbrook still has Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138), and Jason Kidd (107) in his sights. He recorded the triple-double with 4 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, with the crowd giving him a standing ovation.

Westbrook finished the game with a huge stat-line of 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

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.

Westbrook and his teammates celebrate his game-winner. He also won the game for the Thunder, by making a three-pointer at the buzzer against the Denver Nuggets. Portland will be the No. 8 seed when the postseason begins next week.

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Westbrook led the Thunder to a 3-1 week behind averages of 32.5 points (second in the West), 12.5 rebounds (third) and 10.3 assists (third). He clinched a season-long triple-double average Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

With the shot, Westbrook recorded his third career 50-point triple-double, the most by any player in National Basketball Association history, as noted in the image above. What's clear is there have been numerous MVP moments from Westbrook this season. Westbrook scored (18) or assisted (3) on the last 21 Thunder points, including scoring the last 15 points on his own.

Forty-four years ago in the 1972-73 season, Tiny Archibald scored 34.0 points per game while averaging 11.4 assists. It's clear the Rockets were in better position to win this season after Kevin Durant abandoned the Thunder in free agency over the summer.

- The Thunder are 33-9 this term when Westbrook gets a triple-double.

"Pure adrenaline, emotions running high, game-winning shot, it is something you dream about as a little kid to be able to do that on the road, especially from that distance", Westbrook said.

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