Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts.
In another mind-altering display, Russell Westbrook passed Oscar Robertson's single-season triple-double record before downing the Denver Nuggets at the buzzer for a 106-105 Oklahoma City Thunder win. "Congratulations to Russell Westbrook on a magnificent season!"
It was Westbrook's 42nd triple-double of the season, which broke Robertson's long-standing record that had been alive since the 1961-1962 season.
"LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a triple-double machine in his own right, used Russ' hashtag "#WhyNot" along with his patented "#StriveForGreatness" to offer his congratulations.
The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a stunning collapse, blowing a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, as they were upset 126-125 by the Atlanta Hawks in overtime.
Now that Russell Westbrook made history, his biggest priority is to make his team effective in the playoffs. Oklahoma City rallied from nine down late to beat the Nuggets in overtime on November 25. Both teams have two games remaining. He also hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer, which not only capped off an incredible individual performance, but also eliminated the Nuggets from the playoffs in front of their home crowd. Portland will be the No. 8 seed when the postseason begins next week.
Westbrook went down and finished a pair of layups at the rim, before drawing a flagrant foul on Nikola Jokic to give him three free throws to bring the Thunder within five points with 1:56 left in the game.
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Westbrook has shattered National Basketball Association records, recorded seven consecutive triple doubles twice this season, and scored the most points (57) with a triple double in National Basketball Association history.
But since notching his 41st triple-double of the season on Tuesday he had twice fallen short as he vied for number 42.
Harden and Westbrook have seemingly separated themselves as the top contenders for this season's MVP award.
Westbrook has the better stats than Harden but the latter has led his team to the third-best record in the league.
Harden had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists for the Western Conference third seed Rockets against the Kings.
If there's an MVP race deemed too close to call, it's this one. Whether Westbrook wants to admit it or not, the Suns' accusations that he was hunting assists in the fourth quarter in pursuit of a triple-double were accurate.