As has happened so many times this season, things looked grim on the road against a team the Thunder should have handled easily. As has also happened often, Russell Westbrook brought the Thunder back from the brink, icing the Nuggets with a game-winning, buzzer beater three.
And, oh yeah, he notched his 42nd triple-double of the season, breaking a record that was supposedly never supposed to be broken.
As Russ would say: Why not?
Watch the game-winner below:
Westbrook ended the game with 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Westbrook’s 10th assist and the record-breaking moment came late in the fourth quarter on a give to Semaj Christon. The Pepsi Center crowd, whose team was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to the Thunder, gave Westbrook a standing ovation.
And, as if that weren’t enough, Westbrook scored the final 15 points for the Thunder as the very Denver same fans quieted very quickly. The Nuggets were leading 105-103 before Westbrook sank the buzzer-beating three.
“It was a good defense,” lamented Nuggets guard Gary Harris. “He’s had a hell of a season. I think he might have just locked up the MVP with that one right there.”
Many players and fans alike took to Twitter after the game to echo the same sentiment as Harris:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2017
wow russ. give that man the mvp.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) April 9, 2017
“Pure adrenaline, emotions running high, game-winning shot, it is something you dream about as a little kid to be able to do that on the road especially from that distance,” Westbrook said about his three-point dagger. “It is something you definitely will never forget.”
The Thunder improve to 46-34, while the Nuggets fall to 38-42. Next up for the Thunder, they take on the Timberwolves tomorrow evening in Minnesota at 7 P.M.