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Russell Westbrook drops career-high 54 points on Pacers in loss (VIDEO)

Oklahoma City Thunder v Indiana Pacers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Indiana Pacers

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If Oklahoma City misses the playoffs, it will not be for a lack of Russell Westbrook’s effort.

The MVP-candidate point guard did everything he could — he was even efficient early, scoring or assisting on 30 of the first 32 points the Thunder scored. He struggled some as the game went on but he still put up a career-best 54 points.

It wasn’t enough; the Pacers won and due to a technical foul on Westbrook — his 16th — the Thunder could be in a lot of trouble. Still, the Thunder aren’t here without Westbrook’s nights like this (and the string of triple-doubles).