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Russell Westbrook scores 34 (!) points in half with Thunder’s playoff hopes on the line

Oklahoma City Thunder v Minnesota Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 15: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands on the court during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 15, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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This is why Jrue Holiday has to make tough shots like this.

Russell Westbrook scored 34 (!) points in the first half against the Timberwolves, leading the Thunder to a 76-54 lead.

If Oklahoma City wins and the Pelicans lose to the Spurs, the Thunder make the playoffs. Otherwise, New Orleans gets the final berth in the Western Conference.

Westbrook, who also had six rebounds and four assists can’t control what the Pelicans do – they’re up 67-53 at the half – but he’s darn sure doing his best to ensure Oklahoma City does its part.