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Rockets best OKC in MVP candidate showdown

James Harden's Houston Rockets got the best of Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday in the final regular-season meeting between two of the leading MVP candidates.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden on the MVP competition with Russell Westbrook: "I just worry about what we have here and winning games. That's all."

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Westbrook doesn't take Harden friendship for granted (1:08)
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Rockets down Thunder in showdown of MVP candidates (1:28)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook now has 36 triple-doubles this season, 5 shy of Oscar Robertson's single-season record (1961-62). Robertson also has the most 30-point triple-doubles with 24. Westbrook has 18, tied with Robertson (1963-64) for 2nd place (via Elias Sports Bureau).

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden is all smiles despite the black tape on his sore left wrist as he socializes on his way out of the Toyota Center.

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Westbrook takes Beverley down after no-call (0:29)
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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Billy Donovan keeps stressing that inconsistency of focus and effort killed the Thunder defensively against the explosive Rockets.

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Harden takes hard fall on wrist, insists he's fine (0:45)
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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets' Red Rowdies are rocking after Houston rolled over the Thunder.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The fans who aren't fleeing for the exits held their breath as James Harden stayed down on the floor for several seconds after his dagger drive. "MVP! MVP!" the fans chanted as Harden finally got on his feet.

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Westbrook gets 36th triple-double, celebrates with big dunk (0:21)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Ho-hum, Russell Westbrook has another 30-point triple-double. A more relevant stat this afternoon: The Rockets have four 20-plus-point scorers.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook with his 36th triple-double of the season: 26-10-11 with 5:29 left. Five away from tying Oscar, 10 games to go.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

You can always count on a couple of extracurricular moments between Pat Beverley and Russell Westbrook. In this case, it was initiated by Westbrook, whose knocked Beverley to the floor while committing a frustrating foul and pretended Beverley didn't exist as the feisty Rockets guard expressed his displeasure

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Harden connects at the buzzer (0:27)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden tore the roof off the Toyota Center by drilling a deeeeeep pull-up 3 at the buzzer to end the third quarter. The crowd went crazy as Harden popped his jersey in celebration. Down 25, the Thunder are on the wrong end of yet another nationally televised blowout, a disturbing trend for OKC with the playoffs around the corner.

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Williams' perfect day continue with fifth 3-pointer (0:24)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

There is no D in OKC. Rockets hit 100 with 3:35 to go in the third quarter. Sweet Lou Williams (23 points, 8-8 FG) is in can't-miss mode to complement James Harden's usual brilliance.

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Westbrook's gorgeous pass sets up emphatic Oladipo jam (0:24)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chopped brisket nachos at the Toyota Center. Poached egg, ghost pepper salsa, hold the sour cream. Need a fork for these nachos. Worth the $13.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The father of the year is back with another message for Thomas.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder had a really nice offensive half, scoring 59 points on 48 percent shooting... and they trail by 20. Houston dropped 79 on 71.4 percent shooting, led by Lou Williams and Trevor Ariza who went scored a combined 34 points on 12-13 shooting, and 8-9 from 3.

Team Stats

Points Per Game106.910th
Rebounds Per Game46.31st
Assists Per Game21.124th
Points Allowed105.918th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-174131.569
2015-165527.671
2014-154537.549
2013-145923.720
2012-136022.732

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