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Russell Westbrook hits buzzer-beating 3 to end Nuggets’ season with eye on MVP (VIDEO)

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Russell Westbrook had himself one hell of a game on Sunday. The Oklahoma City Thunder MVP candidate grabbed triple-double No. 42 late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets. That was history, and a big enough moment.

Then Westbrook ended Denver’s season.

With just 2.9 seconds to go and down by two points, the Thunder had a sideline out of bounds play drawn up for Westbrook. The Nuggets jammed it up the best they could, but Westbrook got his hands on the ball anyway.

That’s when Westbrook rose up and hit a deep 3-pointer as time expired, winning the game and eliminating the Nuggets from the playoffs.

Via Twitter:

Oklahoma City took home the win over Denver, 106-105.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers clinched the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with that loss, no matter how the rest of the season plays out for the teams below them.

This is a huge moment for Westbrook’s MVP candidacy, and perhaps the most important one. In the span of five minutes of game clock Westbrook:

  • Surpassed a single-season mark held by Oscar Robertson for triple-doubles in a single season.
  • Hit 50 points scored.
  • Won a game at the buzzer.
  • Ended the season of a conference rival.
  • Dictated the playoff standings of several teams below his.

The MVP is an award with purposely vague requirements, so we can think about how performances like this affect our voting.

With that one shot, Westbrook may have just won himself the MVP.

NBA players certainly seem to think so:

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

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With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

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Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.