Russell Westbrook has 50 points, buzzer-beater in record 42nd triple-double


Published 7:02 p.m. ET April 9, 2017 | Updated 6 minutes ago


USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick spoke with Oscar Robertson about the historic season Russell Westbrook is having.

Russell Westbrook first made triple-double history. Then he ended the Denver Nuggets’ playoff hopes.

Westbrook hit a long 3 at the buzzer Sunday to give him 50 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder a 106-105 win while also setting a new single-season NBA record with his 42nd triple-double. Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson’s longstanding mark of 41 that was once thought to be untouchable.

Two days after joining Robertson as the only players in league history to average a triple-double over an entire season, Westbrook secured his 42nd of the year by picking up his 10th assist on a dish to Semaj Christon for a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter. Westbrook finished with 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

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