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NBA: Russell Westbrook scores 51, to no avail as Thunder falls to Rockets

NBA: Russell Westbrook scores 51, to no avail as Thunder falls to Rockets

Russell Westbrook put up gaudy numbers Wednesday night — 51 points, for example.

The Houston Rockets got a more modest performance from James Harden, but a collective scoring effort helped them rally for a 115-111 win at home over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in a first-round Western Conference playoff series.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Harden said. “We didn’t make a lot of shots. We gave them the early lead and we had to fight our way back and we did.”

Harden scored 35 points and the Rockets overcame Westbrook, who had the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history. Westbrook set a franchise playoff scoring record and added 13 assists and 10...

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