Rockets overcome Westbrook's 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder

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April 16, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) reacts after making a basket during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center.

Tonight's game will be played on TNT at 8pm EST.

There's a reason nobody in 55 years has been able to shatter the Roberston's record. James Harden had another big game, posting 37 points with seven rebounds and nine assists. Victor Oladipo put up a measly 6 points and could not get going on either end of the court.

LeBron James and Cleveland slipped to number two in the East, but as defending NBA Champions and averaging 26.4 points per game.

"(The NBA is) full of so many good teams and they're all primarily in the West", Sandoval said. Oklahoma City made just 7 of 30 3-pointers.

Russell Westbrook made 17 of 43 field goal attempts and wound up with 51 points.

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Westbrook also leads Harden in some of the most important efficiency rating stats, including player efficiency rating (PER), estimated wins added (EWA) and usage rate (USG). "And his personnel we just go out there and compete for him and try to win as many games for him".

MVP race between James Harden and Russell Westbrook broken down by some advanced stats.

Game Three is on Sunday in Oklahoma City.

I think the vote will be real close. They not appreciate his work with them on the court, but the vibe he created in the building from the moment he took over after the players struggled through a season where Kevin McHale was sacked after just 11 games past year. The whole city of Houston was perplexed by the hire, but Alexander reassured everyone, "hey dummies, you complained about the team never having an offense, well I fixed it, and I'm also exhausted of hearing about the team never playing defense, so I fixed that too". "You get a coach like that who not only cares about the basketball part but you as a person and as a man you're willing to run through walls for him and as you can tell that's what we've been trying to do this season".

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