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Westbrook posts first 50-point triple-double in NBA playoff history

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) talks to a referee in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. The Thunder defeated the Knicks 112-103.
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook posted the first 50-point triple double in NBA playoff history on Wednesday night as his team fell to the Houston Rockets, 115-111.

He became just the fifth player in league history to have at least 40 points in a triple-double, joining Charles Barkley, LeBron James, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson (twice). He set himself apart as he finished the game with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

Westbrook nearly had the triple-double at halftime, as his Thunder squad took a 68-62 lead into the break. At the halfway point, he had 22 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds, but the Oklahoma City offense would stall for just 43 points in the second half en route to a 2-0 series deficit.

He finished the game shooting 17-for-43 from the floor overall, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range and 15-for-18 from the free-throw line. His 43 field goal attempts are the most in a playoff game since Michael Jordan did so for the Chicago Bulls against the Phoenix Suns in a triple overtime game during the 1993 NBA Finals.

Westbrook also claimed the Thunder’s all-time franchise single-game playoff scoring record with his performance.

The Thunder did not offer much in the way of offensive assistance for Westbrook, with the team’s second-highest leading scorer being forward Andre Roberson, who added 12 points in his 37 minutes of action.

Westbrook will be back at it on Friday night, as his Thunder take on the Rockets in Game 3 for the first game played at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City during the series.

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