NBA playoffs: Thunder vs. Rockets Game 2

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HOUSTON — James Harden scored 35 points and the Houston Rockets overcame 51 points from Russell Westbrook in a triple-double, clawing back from a double-digit deficit for a 115-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook set a franchise playoff scoring record and added 13 assists and 10 rebounds in the most points ever scored in a postseason triple-double. It was the sixth career playoff triple-double for Westbrook, who had an NBA-record 42 in the regular season.

But the Rockets contained him long enough in the fourth quarter to surge ahead, then hold on.

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 Eric Gordon to make it 114-104 with 1:22 remaining.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) collides
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) collides against Houston Rockets center Nene (R) of Brazil while going to the basket in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (L) collides
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (L) collides against Houston Rockets center Nene (R) of Brazil while going to the basket in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Oklahoma City Thunder players Doug McDormott (R) and
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Oklahoma City Thunder players Doug McDormott (R) and Steven Adams (C) of New Zealand try to block a shot against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (L) in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (R) goes
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (R) goes to the basket against the Houston Rockets in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (R) of
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (R) of New Zealand tries to block a shot against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (L) in the second half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (L) of
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (L) of New Zealand goes to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (R) in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (L) tries
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (L) tries to block a shot against Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (R) in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (R) of
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (R) of New Zealand goes to the basket against Houston Rockets center Nene (L) of Brazil in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (L) goes
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (L) goes up against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (R) during the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) is
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) is fouled by Houston Rockets guard James Harden (R) while going to the basket in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Houston Rockets dancers perform during a timeout in
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Houston Rockets dancers perform during a timeout in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (2-R) goes
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (2-R) goes to the basket against the Houston Rockets in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) looses
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (C) looses the ball against Houston Rockets players Patrick Beverley (L) and Clint Capela (R) of Switzerland in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

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Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (R) of
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Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter (R) of Turkey goes for a rebound against Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (L) of Switzerland in the first half of game two of the NBA Western Conference playoffs round one basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA, 19 April 2017.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. Houston won 115-111.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook leans over
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook leans over in the waning seconds during the second half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. Houston won 115-111.

Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell (5) grabs a
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Houston Rockets forward Montrezl Harrell (5) grabs a rebound over Oklahoma City Thunder guards Victor Oladipo (5) and Russell Westbrook during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives past
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives past Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, right, shoots next
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Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, right, shoots next to Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots as
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Taj Gibson defends during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) and Oklahoma
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Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario (42) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) go up for a rebound during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, right, argues with
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Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, right, argues with official Ken Mauer during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook pauses during
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook pauses during the first half in Game 2 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.

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