Sport Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87

06:55  17 april  2017
06:55  17 april  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd

  Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd Russell Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, but failed for the second game in a row to break Oscar Robertson's single-season record for most triple-doubles. Westbrook fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's one-sided 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.On a rough night all around, Westbrook had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, along with eight turnovers before coach Billy Donovan pulled him with 2:34 to play.

In the history of the modern NBA, we have never seen a matchup quite like the one we’re about to witness between Russell Westbrook ’s Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden ’s Houston Rockets . If Harden and Westbrook do indeed finish first and second in some order in the MVP race

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James Harden of the Rockets goes up for a shot as the Thunder's Enes Kanter defends during the first half Sunday in Houston. © David J. Phillip/AP Photo James Harden of the Rockets goes up for a shot as the Thunder's Enes Kanter defends during the first half Sunday in Houston.

HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden scored 37 points to outshine Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets pulled away in the third quarter and coasted to a 118-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

BOX SCORE:  ROCKETS 118, THUNDER 87

The best-of-seven Western Conference series continues Wednesday night in Houston.

The third-seeded Rockets were up by 20 when Harden came off the bench with about seven minutes remaining. He went right to work -- making two 3-pointers to power 10-0 run and push the lead to 110-80 with 4 1/2 minutes left. Harden, who along with Westbrook is a front-runner for MVP, went to the bench after that and both teams cleared their benches soon after that.

Oscar Robertson hands Russell Westbrook award, starts MVP chant

  Oscar Robertson hands Russell Westbrook award, starts MVP chant After Russell Westbrook broke his 55-year-old triple-double record, Oscar Robertson wanted to congratulate the Thunder guard in person. Robertson, 78, was in Oklahoma City Wednesday for the Thunder's final regular-season game and in addition to chatting with Westbrook before the game, Robertson presented him with the Dr. James Naismith Achievement Sculpture for individual achievement in a special pregame ceremony.

James Harden rises above the Oklahoma City Thunder . Lead guards and ex-teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden have put up His 12 assists (albeit with six turnovers) arguably meant more to the Rockets ’ performance than his team-leading 26 points (6-of-16 FG, 12-of-14 FT).

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Westbrook had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but made just six of 23 shots and had nine turnovers for the sixth-seeded Thunder.

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Rockets' Patrick Beverley fined $25K for fan exchange .
Rockets guard Pat Beverley will be fined $25,000 for an exchange with a Thunder fan following Friday's Game 3 matchup, ESPN reported Sunday. He will not face suspension for the confrontation following his team's 115-113 loss at Oklahoma City.Beverly had a verbal encounter with Stuart Scaramucci, son of Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci, during the second quarter of Friday's game after he was fouled and fell to the floor in front of Scaramucci’s seat.Beverly wasn't particularly pleased with the exchange in the first half and approached Scaramucci after the game ended.

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