There are some general understandings about the closing minutes in a tight basketball game.
Debate rages about who is the more deserving NBA Most Valuable Player - James Harden or Russell Westbrook. Last time Westbrook came to Denver, that certainly didn't happen. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look for a confidence boosting victory after splitting their last 10 games.
Just like the Blazers, the Nuggets are playing pretty good basketball as of late. An Arizonan crowd loaded with Westbrook supporters - or at least people who wanted to witness an historic moment - didn't appreciate the fouls, either. Westbrook now has 24 more triple-doubles than James.
Russell Westbrook made history Friday in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.
FOX Sports Oklahoma will carry the game in the Greater Oklahoma City area. "I'm very thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete at the highest level", he said after the game. Sunday's mark also moved him past the great Wilt Chamberlain to fourth all-time on the list of most triple-doubles in a career.
Westbrook fell two assists shy.
By Russell Westbrook, and more importantly, the Phoenix Suns.
Until Friday, the Suns had put up little resistance as Westbrook averaged 41 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in three previous contests against Phoenix this season. But in reality, maybe the easiest way to understand it is that one transcendent player is doing transcendent things: Of the NBA's 111 this season, roughly 37 percent have come from Westbrook. Westbrook has no choice but to have the ball in his hands on every possession and considering the circumstances, it's incredible that he's been so successful up to this point in the season.More news: South Africa faces turmoil after firing of finance minister
OKC play the Denver Nuggets twice and the Minnesota Timberwolves in their remaining three games.
The campaigns gain more weight against the background out of what Oklahoma City and Houston each needed out of its stars this season. This is significant since the game tends to slow down in clutch situations and efficiency, for the most part, tends to decrease as well.
Outside of Golden State and Cleveland, there isn't a bigger attraction right now than the traveling Russell Westbrook Show.
These were the loudest cheers for another player I've ever heard in nearly 30 years of attending games over time, even in these last few years where Suns fans actively try to sell off their late-season tickets. Coach Billy Donovan said it'll be up to Westbrook if he wants to rest during one or both of the Thunder's final two games. Nothing's too insurmountable to overcome. "I think it would be better for him to get it at home anyway".
Westbrook and Durant were best friends and worked together for a common cause, much like Clark Kent and Lex Luthor.
However, Denver can't rely on that, which means they will need to do everything they can to win a matchup against Westbrook, something they have yet to do this season, and since March 19th, 2013.
Danilo Gallinari scored 22 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter to lead the Nuggets, who were hoping to take the race with Portland for the final Western Conference playoff spot down to the final two games.
"I'm honored just to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson", Westbrook said recently. "Always keep it going". The same can be said for winning MVP.