National Post

Westbrook sets tripledoub­le record

- Arnie Stapleton

DE NV E R • Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s 56-year-old record with his 42nd triple- double of the season Sunday, then he broke the Denver Nuggets’ hearts with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 106-105 victory.

That eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention.

Westbrook had 50 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in breaking Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles that stood since the 1961-62 season.

Westbrook’s record-breaking assist came with 4: 17 remaining after a series of missed shots delayed his historic moment

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.

Kyle Single inbounded the ball to Steven Adams, who fed Westbrook for the winner.

The Thunder is locked into the sixth seed and will face Houston in the first round of the playoffs in a showdown between Westbrook and his chief rival for the MVP award, Rockets point guard James Harden.

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