Russell Westbrook set an National Basketball Association record with his 42nd triple-double in Sunday's win over the Denver Nuggets, and the Oklahoma City Thunder star likely has a slight lead over James Harden in the MVP race because of it.
The three points saw his point total leap to 50, to go along with 16 points and 10 assists, etching his name into the league's history books; the shot likely to go down as one of the most iconic in recent memory.
No player has averaged a triple-double for an entire season since Robertson. "It's an unbelievable blessing".
With fans in Denver cheering him on, he gained the needed 10th assist with 4:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
There was no three-point line back then, so Archibald scored or assisted on 56.8 points per game that season.
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Immediately, the crowd in Denver erupted after realizing that history was being made.
Danilo Gallinari scored 22 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter to lead the Nuggets, who were hoping to take the race with Portland for the final Western Conference playoff spot down to the final two games.
"It was like a video game", Christon said. What's clear is there have been numerous MVP moments from Westbrook this season.
"It's been awesome. It's something I could never dream about growing up in inner-city Los Angeles".
He also scored 15 straight points, leading the Thunder from behind to overtake the Nuggets in the final second of the game.
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As if to put an exclamation point on the historic feat, he also scored 50 points on the night and capped off the game with a buzzer-beater to knock the Denver Nuggets out of playoff contention.
"It's fantastic", Westbrook told Fox Sports' Lesley McCaslin after the game about the record. While Westbrook's triple-doubles may take a forefront because they're so easy to visualize - 10, 10, 10 - there are plenty of records that Harden holds or could break, too.
"I admire Westbrook's all-around command of the game. He's been unbelievable in the way he's played, the way he's led", Donovan said after the team's morning shootaround. "Overall, we didn't play with an edge, and we got what we deserved". "He's not someone who's going to broadcast it".
- After Westbrook, the next three players on the list for most triple-doubles this season are James Harden (21), LeBron James (13) and Nikola Jokic (6).
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