Rock­ets over­come West­brook’s 51, take 2-0 lead

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HOUS­TON (AP) — Rus­sell West­brook put up gaudy num­bers on Wed­nes­day night.

The Hous­ton Rock­ets got a more mod­est per­for­mance from James Harden, but a col­lec­tive scor­ing ef­fort helped them rally for a 115-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thun­der to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Con­fer­ence play­off se­ries.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Harden said. “We didn’t make a lot of shots. We gave them the early lead and we had to fight our way back and we did. We didn’t give up. We con­tin­ued to fight and grind and fig­ure out a way to win.”

Harden scored 35 points and the Rock­ets over­came 51 points from West­brook in the high­est-scor­ing triple-dou­ble in play­off his­tory. West­brook set a fran­chise play­off scor­ing record and added 13 as­sists and 10 re­bounds. It was the sixth ca­reer play­off triple-dou­ble for West­brook, who had an NBA-record 42 in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

But he shot just 4 for 18 in the fourth quar­ter and the Rock­ets clawed back from a dou­ble-digit deficit.

He was not in the mood to talk about his sta­tis­tics af­ter the game.

“I don’t give a (ex­ple­tive) about the line,” he said be­fore glar­ing at re­porters. “We lost.”

Thun­der coach Billy Donovan thought West­brook might have got­ten tired late af­ter play­ing the en­tire fourth quar­ter, but West­brook brushed off that no­tion.

“Nah, I was all right,” he said.

Game 3 is Fri­day night in Oklahoma City.

The game was tied be­fore Hous­ton scored 10 straight points with 3-point­ers from Harden, Pa­trick Bev­er­ley and

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