Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87

Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87

He has proven so in the regular season, where everything goes up a notch in the National Basketball Association playoffs. And that's very much the case this season.

It is a forgone conclusion that the 2016-17 National Basketball Association M.V.P. will either be James Harden or Russell Westbrook.

The rude truth of it is that Westbrook doesn't play well against people and/or teams with which he has beef because, while he's at his best when angry, he's at his most careless when annoyed.

A triple-double is when a player records double figures in three different statistical areas during one game.

Despite the Thunder leading the league in rebounding throughout the regular season, Houston dominated the boards to the tune of a 56-to-41 advantage while totaling 62 points in the paint.

If there was anything positive about this game for the Thunder, it was the fact the Andre Roberson had one of his best games of his career. The Thunder averaged 106.6 points per game in the regular season.

Wall scored 15 points in the third quarter and finished with 14 assists.

Most consecutive games with at least 100 points (48 games).

Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. This is not the strong point of Kanter's game. Can Semaj Christon and Norris Cole play well enough to allow Westbrook a few minutes of rest each game?

When you win a game by more than 30 points, there aren't many adjustments a team should have to make. Watt, who was sitting courtside next to the Rockets bench. Stephen Curry knocked down a timely baseline 3-pointer, reached his hand high and gestured to further ignite a raucous sellout crowd. The cases for both are tough to argue on both sides, however. They won one on their homecourt and regardless of if you win by 20, two, 40, it doesn't matter.

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"We can't give them threes or transition points", Adams added. "We have to go back to the drawing board and see what we did wrong and see what we can do better and go from there". Yet it is based on stats and accomplishments-some arbitrary, some not-style of play and the success of that players' team. He brings it every game. He didn't get a lot of help from teammates.

James will be entering his 12th consecutive postseason.

So, does the almighty team take it or the stat-stuffing individual?

Trail Blazers at Warriors, Golden State leads 1-0.

Even with more help, it may not have mattered in this one.

Not only did Westbrook make history with his wonderful 50/16/10 game, he also wiped out the Nuggets' playoff hopes with a final second dagger.

While it may have seemed like LeBron and his beloved Cavs had a down year, this was actually LeBron's best season in years.

Houston started out the gates quickly, taking a 10-3 lead after Beverley's swipe of Westbrook, but the Thunder came back to tie and wound up taking a 6-point lead near the end of the first quarter. It's like Anderson said: If you take away one aspect of the inside-out game from Houston, they'll hit you in the face with the other. He had 42 against the Hawks last season. "He can handle it", Adams said of Kanter's minutes changing from game to game. The road team is 5-3 ATS in the last eight meetings and the underdog is 6-3 ATS in the last nine meetings. Since James joined Cleveland two seasons ago, the Cavaliers have gone 30-11 in the postseason. The Nuggets needed a win to keep themselves in playoff contention. "We haven't done that all season, but this is the right time to do it". However, he is truly the type of player that a deep playoff (title, maybe?) run, full of big moments, would fortify his all-time status. What more needs to be said in his argument for the MVP? He averaged 35.8 PPG/ 13.3 RPG / 8.8 APG and had two triple-doubles in that series. It'll be those type of energy plays that the Thunder needs from their fourth-year guard. Translated: Portland got good looks, and had its chances.

Overall, LeBron probably wouldn't be too upset if he doesn't win his fifth MVP award. "I thought he impacted the game way, way more with his energy, his effort, his hustle, his loose balls, his offensive rebounding, keeping balls alive".

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