Westbrook breaks triple-double record and secures dramatic win for Thunder

A new Minnesota Timberwolves logo is unveiled on the scoreboard during halftime of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday

While the final shot of the game wasn't a requirement for a triple-double, it did give Westbrook his third career triple-double in which he notched 50 points. Robertson logged 41 triple-doubles in 1961-62 when he famously became the first player to average one for a season with 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists.

If Harden wins the NBA MVP over Westbrook, it means that the voters would have valued Harden team's win-loss record compared to Westbrook team's performance this year. But now Westbrook holds the season record.

On April 5 (AEDT), he scored 18 points in the third quarter to helped erase a 19-point deficit before finishing with 35 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 108-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Robertson averaged a triple-double for the 61-62 season (30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists) and was the first and only player in National Basketball Association history to do so until Westbrook this season.

Kyrie Irving scored 45 points and LeBron James collected 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but it was all for nought as the Cavs dropped into a tie with Boston.

So get back to me when Westbrook does it five years in a row.




With four minutes left in the game, Westbrook passed the ball to Semaj Christon for the three-pointer. I'm very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete at the highest level. "What's more, he leads the league in scoring by a comfortable margin at 31.9 points per game".

But with his 10th assist and the triple-double locked down, Westbrook went to work on the Nuggets' 10-point lead.

Westbrook set the single-season triple-double record of 42 on Sunday in Denver, and clinched his triple-double average Friday in Phoenix, so there are no monster records remaining in Westbrook's triple-double chase entering the final two games.

Westbrook's triple-double chase has been one of the biggest story lines around the league this season. But the MVP talks and debate will have a clear answer after an intriguing 1st round match up between Westbrook's OKC Thunder and Harden's Houston Rockets series.

Westbrook said he never listened to those who said matching - and passing - Robertson was impossible.

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