Then, he broke the Denver Nuggets' hearts.
The six-time All-Star's haul, which also included the buzzer-beating shot, shattered Robertson's record, which had stood for 55 years.
Two days after joining Robertson as the only players in league history to average a triple-double over an entire season, Westbrook secured his 42nd of the year by picking up his 10th assist on a dish to Semaj Christon for a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter.
Westbrook almost had his 10th assist with two minutes left in the third quarter but Enes Kanter lost the handle going up for the basket and Westbrook took a seat until the fourth quarter.
"LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a triple-double machine in his own right, used Russ' hashtag "#WhyNot" along with his patented "#StriveForGreatness" to offer his congratulations.More news: 8GB RAM Equipped Device Shares Star Feature With Samsung Galaxy S8
Reggie Bullock and Boban Marjanovic scored 14 points each as the Detroit Pistons beat the Memphis Grizzlies 103-90, while Devin Brooker and TJ Warren scored 21 each as the Phoenix Suns enjoyed a 124-111 win over the Dallas Mavericks. A big reason is the simple fact Harden's team has done more than Westbrook's. He scored the team's final 13 points as Oklahoma City rallied from 10 down with three minutes left. He has not joined the team on its now four-game road trip, which will conclude Tuesday in Minnesota. He also nailed this insane huge three at the buzzer to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 106-105 win over the Nuggets. Portland will be the No. 8 seed when the postseason begins next week.
Westbrook roared to historic triple-double #42 with 50 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. However, Westbrook's recent onslaught of triple-doubles, plus Harden's injury, seem to have turned the narrative back the other way.
Harden's Rockets sit at third in the Western Conference standings with 54 wins while Westbrook's Thunder are sixth with 46. While no one is denying how impressive Westbrook's season is, many believe James Harden should win the coveted award. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 22 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
If there's an MVP race deemed too close to call, it's this one.
It gave Westbrook his 42nd triple double of the season, breaking a tie with Oscar Robertson for the most ever in a single-season.