Oklahoma City Thunder Lose Despite Record-Setting Night by Russell Westbrook

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 20, 2017

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 19:  Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dribbles the ball defended by Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets in the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals game during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook totaled 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds during Wednesday's 115-111 Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Westbrook notched his first triple-double of his 2016-17 playoffs after totaling an NBA-record 42 of them during the regular season. His effort Wednesday also marked the most points ever scored in a postseason triple-double, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com). Oscar Robertson (1963) and Charles Barkley (1993) shared the previous record of 43.

The article also notes that Westbrook became just the second player with both a triple-double and 50 points to lose a game. Wilt Chamberlain suffered the same fate in a 1963 overtime regular-season contest. The Thunder's floor general also hoisted up 43 shots from the field—the most since Michael Jordan took 45 shots in 1988—and broke Rick Barry's record for most shots in a quarter with 18 taken during the fourth Wednesday.

Oklahoma City returns home after losing each of the first two road games to the Houston Rockets, looking to get back on track and make the series a contest. Westbrook may again have to take things over if the club wants to return to Houston with the series tied.

Westbrook and Rockets guard James Harden remain the two leading candidates to take home MVP honors for 2016-17, and the remainder of the series could be a determining factor of who takes home the award. Game 3 between the two clubs tips off Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Oklahoma City.