Russell Westbrook made NBA playoff history as his Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets 115-111 yesterday.

Westbrook recorded 51 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists as the Thunder went 2-0 down in their best-of-seven series in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

It's the first time a player has topped 50 points as part of a triple-double in the playoffs and lost.

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 and hold on, with James Harden contributing 35 points.

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New Zealander Steven Adams scored five points and secured seven rebounds during his 27 minutes on court, before fouling out near the end.

The Thunder and Rockets face off in game three on Saturday afternoon (NZT).

The short-handed Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-81 in game two of their Western Conference first-round playoff series yesterday without injured leading scorer Kevin Durant.

Steph Curry scored 19 points on an average shooting night, while JaVale McGee sparked the Warriors off the bench with 15 points.

Back-up big man McGee made all seven of his field-goal attempts and delivered several more of his signature alley-oop dunks as Durant watched from the sidelines suffering with a strained left calf he hurt in their opening playoff win.

Draymond Green produced another all-around game with six points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocked shots.

In a rough-and-tumble, foul-filled game, Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter with 16 of his 31 points, helping the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-101.

The Wizards have a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

John Wall finished with 32 points and nine assists, including the dish to Beal for his shot from beyond the arc with 38 seconds remaining that sealed the win for the hosts.

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 23 points but Dwight Howard had only seven rebounds, half his game one total, and six points.