Rockets Overcome Westbrook’s 51, Take 2-0 Lead Over ThunderSports Thursday, April 20th, 2017
HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden scored 35 points and the Houston Rockets overcame
51 points from Russell Westbrook in a triple-double, clawing back from a
double-digit deficit for a 115-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on
Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff
Westbrook set a franchise playoff scoring record and added 13 assists and 10
rebounds in the most points ever scored in a postseason triple-double. It was
the sixth career playoff triple-double for Westbrook, who had an NBA-record 42
in the regular season.
But the Rockets contained him long enough in the fourth quarter to surge ahead,
then hold on.
Game 3 is Friday night in Oklahoma City.
The game was tied before Houston scored 10 straight points with 3-pointers from
Harden, Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon to make it 114-104 with 1:22 remaining.
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