Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season as Thunder defeat Nuggets in a close game

Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season as Thunder defeat Nuggets in a close game

Russell Westbrook (31.7 PPG, 10.7 RPG and 10.4 APG) is one triple-double away from passing Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season.  The 45-34 Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Colorado to take on the 38-41 Denver Nuggets. These two clubs have met up twice already this season, leaving two more match-ups left.  The first game took place on November 25 in Denver as the Thunder would sneak away with a 132-129 win in overtime.  In that game, Russell Westbrook would get thirty-six points, eleven rebounds and seventeen assists.  Wilson Chandler would score thirty-two points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  The second meeting would take place on January 7 in Oklahoma City as the home team won, 121 to 106.  Westbrook would score thirty-two points, grab seventeen rebounds and dish off eleven assists.  Wilson Chandler would go to score twenty-four points, grab eight rebounds and dish off two assists.  The Thunder would look to earn another win against this struggling team in the Pepsi Center tonight.

In the first quarter, Danilo Gallinari would start off hot by dropping twelve points, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, both Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook would post up six points but former Jazz player Enes Kanter would come off the bench to help the team by scoring nine points.  Despite his poor shooting performance in the first, Westbrook would earn five rebounds and three assists to make up for it.  It would be a tight game as the Thunder end the quarter holding onto a 27 to 26 lead.  The six-time All Star Russell Westbrook will come alive in the second period as he drops seventeen points, including one 3-pointer.  He would also add seven rebounds and three assists along with it.  But Nikola Jokic would help the home team out by shooting 66% from the field, earning himself seven points, which would contain a 3-pointer, as well.  The Colorado team would head into the locker room at halftime with a 53-52 lead.  The third period belonged to the Nuggets as the first round pick in the 2008 draft, Danilo Gallinari, would go off for twenty-two points, including two 3-pointers.  Even though Russell Westbrook would earn nine points, one rebound and three assist, it would be the home team that enters the fourth quarter with a 91-81 lead.  Oklahoma City Thunder would come back as they go on a huge 25 to 14 run.  Westbrook would go for eighteen more points, along with three rebounds and one assist.  But the Denver team would not go away as Emmanuel Mudiay comes off the bench to drop eight points.  With 47 seconds left in the game and Nuggets carrying a 105-98 lead, Westbrook would go to the free throw line as he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.  He would make all three of his foul shots, bringing his team within four.  After Chandler turns the ball over, Westbrook would take it in on the other end for a driving lay up, cutting the deficit to two.  With only two seconds left on the game clock and the Thunder down by two, Russell Westbrook would knock down a 36-foot three-point jumper to win the game 106 to 105.  Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season (42 triple-doubles total).  Westbrook would end the game with fifty points, sixteen rebounds and ten assists.  This would be fifth 50-point game of his career.  Danilo Gallinari would finish with thirty-four points, ten rebounds and three assists.  Following this loss, the Denver Nuggets will be eliminated from playoff contention for fourth consecutive season.

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