Westbrook scores 54, but Pacers hold off Thunder 116-104 (Yahoo Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 12: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during the game on April 12, 2015 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook did everything he could Sunday night to give Oklahoma City’s fading playoff hopes a boost. The All-Star Game MVP scored a career-high 54 points and nearly pulled off his 12th triple-double of the season, but Indiana closed the game on a 10-1 run to hold on for a 116-104 victory. NBA rules require a player to sit out one game at that point, though Thunder coach Scott Brooks sounded hopeful Westbrook will play. Without them in the lineup, Westbrook has been brilliant – and he was again Sunday night.

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