NBA Playoffs 2017: Russell Westbrook posts first 50-point playoff triple-double

Russell Westbrook set many a record this regular season as he became the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for an entire season. It's now the postseason, but Westbrook is still going strong in terms of historic triple-doubles. 

In Houston on Wednesday night, Westbrook submitted the first 50-point triple double in postseason history, finishing with 51 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. 

Unfortunately for the Thunder, it wasn't enough, as the Rockets battled back from a double-digit deficit to take Game 2, 115-111, giving them a 2-0 series lead it heads to Oklahoma City for Games 3 and 4. 

While it was a breathtaking performance, Westbrook did have some struggles, as he shot just 17 for 43 on the night and had a number of reckless possessions where he tried to do way too much by himself -- especially in the fourth quarter, when he went 4 for 18 from the field. 

As per usual, there's no way the Thunder would have even been in the game without Westbrook's effort, but on this night, it just wasn't enough for OKC. 

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Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio

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