Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 115-113

Posted April 23, 2017

Dwyane Wade scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler chipped in 14 for Chicago, but the Bulls offense looked stagnant without point guard Rajon Rondo, who is sidelined indefinitely with a broken thumb.

Westbrook finished with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Thunder surrendered a 15-point lead in the second half and was just 7 of 29 in the fourth quarter.

Back in the day of Dwight Howard, the Rockets would spend the first few minutes of the game pounding the ball into him to try and get him going. We've thrown around the word MVP so much, but there's no word that describes him and Westbrook any better than that.

Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and the Thunder held off the Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Game 2: James Harden led the Rockets with 35 points, following up a 37-point performance in Game 1.

Clearly they don't forgive and forget, as one fan was seen berating Patrick Beverley during the Rockets' Game 3 matchup with Oklahoma City. It was a conservative, steady effort, with Westbrook consciously avoiding wild three-point attempts (he shot only one) while consistently working for his "cotton shot", his name for that pull-up jumper around the rim. Westbrook went to the line with 8.4 seconds to play and missed one of the two free throws, giving the Rockets a chance before Harden's final miss.

THIS IS WHAT WE WERE WAITI-err, sorry, I was tweeting about this game earlier and felt required to turn on caps lock.

Westbrook responded with his first three-point attempt of the game. It was a ploy that worked in the second half when the Rockets were 4 of 21 from 3-point range. He missed, but Steven Adams was there for the putback.

Griffin scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds before departing, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers said immediately after the game that the extent of Griffin's injury was unclear.

Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the National Basketball Association playoffs because of a big toe injury, the team announced Saturday.