Thursday, April 27, 2017

Russell Westbrook

Houston Rockets' Nene, right, goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, and another Thunder player defend during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason. They don’t believe they played well so far despite downing the Russell Westbrook-led Thunder 4-1 ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots between Houston Rockets guards Patrick Beverley, rear, and James Harden, right, in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday’s 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City’s tendency to lose leads ...
Houston Rockets guard Lou Williams, right, loses the ball out of bounds in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Doug McDermott, left, in the second quarter of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook figured out that he didn’t have to do it all. Once that happened, the Thunder figured out how to beat the Houston Rockets. Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double and ...
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. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN 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's Steven Adams shoots against Houston Rockets' Lou Williams (12) and James Harden (13) during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BY KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — Although James Harden is Houston’s undisputed star, he can’t top Russell Westbrook entirely on his own. As is so often the case, Patrick Beverley was there for support Sunday night. Harden scored 37 points ...
In this Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

BY BRIAN MAHONEY Russell Westbrook against James Harden is a sensational start to the NBA postseason. Golden State against Cleveland no longer looks like the certain finish. The playoffs open this weekend, highlighted by a must-see matchup in the first ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, talks to the fans as Oscar Robertson, left, and others listen, before an NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Thunder in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BY CLIFF BRUNT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson endorsed Russell Westbrook for the Most Valuable Player award before the Thunder’s regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Westbrook broke Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles by getting his ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates after hitting a buzzer beating three point shot to win the game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson plans to attend Wednesday night’s regular-season finale between the Thunder and the Denver Nuggets, where he will get to see Thunder guard Russell Westbrook play in person. Westbrook broke Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

BY BOB BAUM PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. That didn’t make him feel much better about his or his team’s awful Friday night, ...
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures after scoring a 3-pointer during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

BY TERESA M. WALKER MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fans stood on their feet, urging Russell Westbrook to grab the one rebound needed to separate himself from Oscar Robertson and grab an NBA record that has stood for 55 years. Westbrook ...
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