Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

NBA Players Pick Russell Westbrook For 2017 MVP After 42nd Triple-Double

NBA Players Pick Russell Westbrook For 2017 MVP After 42nd Triple-Double

Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Denver Nuggets (106-105) with Russell Westbrook's game victor buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

A triple-double is achieved when a player records double figures in three of either points, rebounds, assists, steals, or blocked shots - such achievements make you a bit of an all-rounder.

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook expressed his gratitude after surpassing Oscar Robertson's triple-double record in the National Basketball Association as he exceeded his own childhood expectations. Westbrook hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. This game was a heart-breaker for Denver, which ended their playoffs hopes as Denver has been eliminated from the playoffs.

Since mid-season, James Harden has seemed to be running away with the MVP in the NBA's most exciting race in years, thanks to greater efficiency and team record than Westbrook.

With his triple-double in the books, Westbrook scored his team's final 13 points, including a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded after a timeout with 2.9 seconds left. Westbrook's victor from about 36 feet cam after Nikola Jokic missed a runner on the other end that would have put the game out of reach.

Verdict: Russell Westbrook broke a historical record in the most Westbrook of fashions.

A case in point, Donovan said, was Westbrook's response after he missed a chance at a 42nd triple-double in a defeat at Phoenix on Friday.

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

Just 56 years later, Westbrook is the new king of the triple-double, with Monday's (AEST) effort the 79th of his career, passing Wilt Chamberlain for fourth all time.

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). I'm very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete at a high level.

Oklahoma City again takes the court Tuesday vs. home-standing Minnesota. "But I always feel like, as a player, you have a certain rhythm you get into and a way you're playing".

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