NBA Roundup: Triple double for Westbrook; win for OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, MVP Kevin Durant fell one assist short and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-101 on Wednesday night to tie their Western Conference semifinal series at one game apiece.
Westbrook had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double in his past five playoff games. Durant had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists before leaving the game with 1:21 remaining. According to information provided to the Thunder by the Elias Sports Bureau, no pair of teammates has had triple-doubles in the same playoff game.
J.J. Redick scored 18 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 11 assists, and Blake Griffin added 15 points for the Clippers.
Game 3 will be Friday in Los Angeles.
PACERS 86, WIZARDS 82
INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert broke out of his playoff funk with a season-best 28 points and nine rebounds, leading Indiana over Washington to tie the Eastern Conference semifinals at 1-1.
It was a stark contrast to Hibbert's abysmal showing in Monday night's loss — and most of this year's playoffs.
But after 48 hours of constant criticism and continual questions, Hibbert responded with the kind of game Indiana desperately needed. He made his first four shots, dominated the middle and produced big basket after big basket.
Game 3 is Friday in Washington.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and Bradley Beal added 17 for the Wizards.