Basketball: Russell Westbrook makes history, Thunder lose anyway

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook at the end of the loss. Photo / AP
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook at the end of the loss. Photo / AP

35 points from James Harden has helped the Houston Rockets overcame a mammoth 51 point triple-double from Russell Westbrook as the Rockets toppled the Oklahoma City Thunder this afternoon.

The Rockets clawed back from a double-digit deficit for a 115-111 victory over the Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

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, as Westbrook shot 17-43 from the field (including 4-18 in the fourth quarter), and just 2-11 from three.

The game was tied before Houston scored 10 straight points with three-pointers from Harden, Patrick Beverley and Eric Gordon to make it 114-104 with 1:22 remaining.

Gordon added 22 points off the bench, while Lou Williams chimed in with 21 for the Rockets.

Kiwi centre Steven Adams had five points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes of play, shooting 2/3 from the field before eventually fouling out in the final seconds.

Game 3 is on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

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