Russell Westbrook scores another triple-double while injury ends Griffin’s season

Westbrook scores 32 qualities as Oklahoma City chipped serial deficit to 2-1, but Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the Clippers postseason with a toe injury

Russell Westbrook figured out that he didnt “re going to have to” do it all. Once that happened, the Oklahoma City Thunder figured out how to outdo the Houston Rockets.

Westbrook orchestrated 32 qualities in a triple-double and the Thunder regarded off the Rockets 115 -1 13 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook orchestrated 51 qualities in a triple-double on Wednesday, but the Rockets acquired, and Westbrook was criticised for killing too much. This time, photographs and contributions were distributed more evenly throughout the game. Taj Gibson orchestrated 20 qualities and Andre Roberson and Victor Oladipo each added 12 for the Thunder, who filmed 55% from the field.

I had to do a better undertaking of trusting my team-mates for 48 hours, Westbrook pronounced. Tonight, those chaps obliged frolics throughout the competition. Thats what Im trying to do.

James Harden orchestrated 44 qualities for Houston, but he missed a three-pointer that could have won the game just before age expired.

We went down two, so I just wanted to get the best shot accessible, frankly, Harden pronounced. I didnt try to overthink it or whatnot. I only dribbled up the basketball law and I meet the coat various kinds of close in once I surpassed half-court. I committed him[ Roberson] a little poking, and he bit for it, and I only filmed the clod. I filmed it with confidence. It was a little bit short.

Lou Williams orchestrated 22 qualities and Ryan Anderson added 18 for the Rockets, who nearly overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit again. Instead, the Thunder will host competition four on Sunday in a something better position.

We did enough offensively, Rockets coach Mike DAntoni pronounced. We only didnt have the will or the want early in video games. Its a little bit of a recurring topic we have. It takes us a while to get going. Well should be dealt with and try to get it better, because weve got to play the whole 48[ hours] like we did the last 24, and the last two activities we have not done that.

Westbrook likewise had 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his second straight triple-double and the seventh playoff triple-double of his career.

Clippers 111, Jazz 106

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after disabling his big toe during Friday nights prevail against the Utah Jazz.

The team announced Saturday that the five-time all-star was diagnosed with serious injuries to the plantar illustration of his right large-hearted toe. Griffin left competition three with 3:18 be retained in the second part after shoring awkwardly following a transition layup. He had 11 qualities, six rebounds and two assists in 18 hours, and the team pronounced at the time the harm was a bruised toe. X-rays at the stadium were negative, but “hes been” re-evaluated after the game.


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Blake Griffin wont toy again this season. Photo: Jeffrey Swinger/ USA Today Sports

Griffin averaged 25 qualities, six rebounds and 2.5 assists in the first two activities.

His injury lines another playoff jolt to a right that has dealt with a series of bad luck and internal confusion in recent years.

Griffin and target protector Chris Paul were lost to harms last year, and the Clippers blew a 3-1 serial cause against Houston in 2015.

During the 2014 playoffs, expression enters of then-owner Donald Sterling concluding racist commentaries surfaced, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who thrust sales of the team.

The Clippers were up 2-0 in 2013 before losing to Memphis in six activities after Griffin stepped on teammate Lamar Odom and injured his ankle.

Paul pronounced after the latest competition that losing Griffin would keep the team from rolling offense through the post just as much, where other players chipped and move off of the 6ft 10 in, 250 lb participate. Paul announced Griffin a dynamic participate who is one of best available passers on the roster.

Just his leader, its only a different flavor when hes on the court, Paul pronounced Friday night.

The Clippers mobilized for a 111 -1 06 win, with Paul composing a season-high 34 qualities and the offense rolling through pick-and-roll between Paul and DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers have been without injured backup protector Austin Rivers( tightened left hamstring) for the first three activities of the playoffs.

Celtics 104, Bulls 87

The Boston Celtics came pep talks from a past advocate as well as their current luminary. Then, they situated a charge in a series that was tumbling from their reaching. Al Horford had 18 qualities and eight rebounds, Isaiah Thomas orchestrated 16 qualities, and the top-seeded Celtics trounced the Chicago Bulls 104 -8 7 after slipping the first two activities of their opening-round serial at home.

The Celtics plucked away after a 20 -point lead cringe to one early during the third quarter and put themselves in position to restrained the serial just as it was get away from them. Game four is Sunday in Chicago.


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The Bulls pass the Celtics 2-1 in their first-round serial. Photograph: Caylor Arnold/ USA Today Sports

They got a recorded word from Kevin Garnett before video games. Thomas, still lamenting the deaths among his sister, had a few things to say, too.

To me personally, it was everything, Jae Crowder pronounced. It was just a little reason addres.[ Garnett] pronounced we looked like a squad that wasnt having fun. We looked like a squad that[ wasnt] immerse in the moment. We only needed to play for each other, and play for the moment which is at hand being in the playoffs and have fun with it. He basically pronounced employed a bit more KG into it.

Dwyane Wade orchestrated 18 for Chicago. Jimmy Butler had 14 qualities on 7-of-21 shooting, and the offense simply didnt sounds the behavior it had been, with Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with a broken right digit. Chicago filmed about 39% and devoted 18 turnovers.

Were not going to put everything there is on missing Rondo because he might not show up, Wade pronounced. It sounds like hes going to be out for a while. We need to come out as a squad and figure out how to be better.

Thomas rejoined the team after spend some time with their own families in Tacoma, Washington. He orchestrated eight qualities during the third quarter, assist the Celtics regain control, and finished with nine assists in the game.

Crowder added 16 qualities. Avery Bradley orchestrated 15 and affected four of Bostons 17 3-pointers.

We werent coming here hoping to get a prevail, Bradley pronounced. We knew we were coming here to earn both games.

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