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

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

Russell Westbrook explains how he’ll put aside his friendship with James Harden in series

  Russell Westbrook explains how he’ll put aside his friendship with James Harden in series The two former teammates will best going at it in the first round.But the former Thunder teammates also share a friendship that was on display during the All-Star festivities. Harden sat next to Westbrook during the West team photo and joined Westbrook, who wanted to maintain his distance from Kevin Durant, when he decided to shoot by himself before the exhibition game.

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James Harden scored 18 points in the first quarter and the Rockets led by double digits from early in the first quarter to halfway… Report: CBA Has Exceptions So Harden And Westbrook Can Get Paid This Year. Giri Nathan. 37 .

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.

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.

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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NBA is investigating an incident between Rockets' Patrick Beverley and a Thunder fan .
Beverley had an exchange with a fan immediately following Houston's Game 3 lossKey point to NBA investigation of Beverley exchange with fan, the Rockets requested the review, source said.

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