Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives past Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives past Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon. Eric Christian Smith

Westbrook heroics not enough for Thunder

BASKETBALL: Russell Westbrook has set a franchise playoff scoring record but it was not enough to get the Oklahoma City Thunder a win in the NBA series against the Houston Rockets.

Westbrook scored 51 points and added 13 assists and 10 rebounds, notching the most points ever in a post-season triple-double.

But the Rockets, led by James Harden's 35 points, ran out 115-111 winners for a 2-0 Western Conference series lead.

The Washington Wizards are also 2-0 up in their Eastern Conference series with a thrilling 109-101 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter with 16 of his 31 points, including a key late three-pointer as the Wizards came from 78-74 down.

John Wall finished with 32 points and nine assists for the Wizards.

The Golden State Warriors stretched their lead to 2-0 over the Portland Trailblazers in their Western Conference series with a 110-81 win.

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