Russell Westbrook has just shown the NBA why he deserves to be MVP, as he breaks Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record.
Up until today, the NBA triple-double record has been held by legendary point guard Oscar Robertson. That was until the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Denver Nuggets. Not only did they get the sixth playoff seed, where they are going to play James Harden and the Houston Rockets, but Russell Westbrook made NBA history.
By recording his 10th assist of the night (he passed it to Semaj Christon, who then shot a three-pointer), Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season. By achieving this, he has passed Oscar Robertson, and now has more triple-doubles than anyone in NBA history. He also won the game for the Thunder, by making a three-pointer at the buzzer against the Denver Nuggets. At this point, Russell Westbrook is carrying the team to success, even without his former teammate Kevin Durant.
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With the win against the Denver Nuggets, the Oklahoma City Thunder are now going to play the Houston Rockets in the first round of the NBA playoffs. This provides an intriguing matchup, as Westbrook is going to face former teammate and opposing MVP candidate James Harden. Over the course of the season, Harden has averaged 20.5 points, 12.3 assists, and 7.3 rebounds per game against the Thunder. Westbrook, on the other hand, averaged a robust 36.3 points, 9.3 assists and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three. Westbrook has been spectacular this season, and with his 42nd triple-double, the MVP race is basically over at this point.
No one knows how the Oklahoma City Thunder will do against the Houston Rockets when the first round of the NBA playoffs start. We do know for sure that Russell Westbrook is going to provide a show for basketball fans all across the country. And by making history against the Nuggets, Westbrook should be the 2017 NBA MVP.