Russell Westbrook is now the sole owner of one of the NBA’s most prestigious statistical records. On Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder star grabbed his 42nd triple-double of 2016-17 NBA, pulling him out of his tie with Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles by a player in a single season.
The play came late in the fourth quarter in Colorado as the Thunder took on the Denver Nuggets. Westbrook drove and kicked to Semaj Christon for a corner 3-pointer.
Westbrook had 32 points to go along with 13 rebounds at the time, and was aching for one final assist to get him to double digits.
Here’s what the play looked like on the floor:
Westbrook stands atop the triple-double throne for a single year. Will his feat ever be matched? And will history be enough to catapult him over Houston Rockets star James Harden for MVP this season?
Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Westbrook ended Denver’s playoff hopes with an amazing 35-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma City the victory, 106-105.