Basketball: Westbrook gives huge lift to Oklahoma City's play-off hopes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AFP) - Russell Westbrook carried the Oklahoma City on his back again, finishing with 36 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder toppled the Portland Trail Blazers 101-90 on Monday.

His performance comes a day after he was slapped with his 16th technical foul of the season in a game in which he exploded for a career-high 54 points against the Indiana Pacers.

The NBA's disciplinary officials, however, rescinded the technical foul earlier on Monday, enabling him to play against Portland.

Enes Kanter tallied 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder who remained tied with the New Orleans Pelicans for the final play-off berth in the Western Conference.

"It was a good win for us. We set the tone for the way we wanted to play in that first quarter on both ends of the floor," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said.

"We did a good job of taking care of the basketball, crashing the boards and keeping them off the glass."

The Pelicans beat Minnesota on Monday.

Oklahoma City end the season on Wednesday in Minnesota while the Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

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