Rockets overcome Westbrook's 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder


Game 3 is Friday night in Oklahoma City. It was the first 50-point triple-double in playoff history.

That's why Houston is up 2-0 in this series after a 115-111 victory at home, as the series heads back to Oklahoma City for Game 3.

Millsap scored 14 points in the third quarter, including six during a 13-0 run by the Hawks that took them from a deficit to a 74-67 edge with a little more than 3½ minutes left in that period.

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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.

The Thunder posted 18 points in the paint and seven following offensive rebounds, a complete departure from their puny effort on the glass in Game 1. He effectively involved his teammates in the first half, but the Thunder's fourth-quarter offense was a one-man show that didn't end well.

The first half saw the Russell Westbrook that the Thunder wanted and the Westbrook the rest of the National Basketball Association feared - Westbrook had 22 points and 10 assists in the first 24 minutes and, more importantly, he opened things up and got his teammates going - Oklahoma City had 10 more points in the paint than Houston, it had 12 second chance points, and it had seven blocked shots - OKC owned the key. But he went just 2-of-4 from the floor in the fourth while Eric Gordon was 4-of-7 for 11 points and Patrick Beverley was 3-of-3 for eight in the quarter.

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As Westbrook almost had a triple-double during the opening half, the Thunder finished with 68 points.

During Game 1, Oklahoma City was 4 of 21 on fourth-quarter shots and finished with a second-half total of only 33 points. Houston's three bench players outscored the seven Oklahoma City brought off the bench by 26 points. At the 8:08 mark of the fourth quarter, an Eric Gordon 3-pointer gave the Rockets their first lead of the night at 96-94. Sunday's Game 4 starts at 2:30 p.m. and is televised by ABC.

The Rockets used a big run early in the fourth quarter to go on top for the first time in the game with about eight minutes remaining.

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During the first half of Game 2, OKC reserves Doug McDermott and Jerami Grant combined for 15 points. He was aggressive but still under control, and he almost had a triple-double in the first half with 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. It didn't appear to be a deliberate elbow from Beverley, but he does have a knack for inflicting pain on the Thunder star.