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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Beverley said it was like playing in the playgrounds of Chicago on the last few possessions when covering Russell Westbrook.

Beverley's defense results in crucial Westbrook air ball

With a chance to take the lead, Patrick Beverley's suffocating defense on Russell Westbrook results in an air ball. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 102-99.


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Russell Westbrook struggled to shoot when he was guarded by Patrick Beverley Friday. Westbrook shot 16.7% when guarded by Beverley, who contested 10 of Westbrook's 12 attempts as his primary defender.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 111, Pacers 103 (final). Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes combined for 51 points as Dallas bounced back from a humiliating loss.

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

I think your average NBA superstar guard would prefer a trip to the proctologist to a night being hounded by Patrick Beverley.

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Russell Westbrook was able to record his 7th consecutive triple-double on Friday against the Rockets, making him the 4th player in NBA history with at least 7 such consecutive games (Elias). Even with that, the Thunder were unable to come away with a victory. Westbrook missed a potential go-ahead 3-point attempt with six seconds remaining. He is now 4-27 on potential go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT in his career. He's missed 10 of his last 11 such attempts.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Patrick Beverley who grabbed the last rebound of the night chest bumped Mike D'Antoni near midcourt at the buzzer.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak continues, but the Thunder's does not as the Rockets win 102-99. Westbrook finished with 27-10-10, but missed two go-ahead layups and airballed a 3 in the final 90 seconds.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets survive with a 102-99 victory over the Thunder. Trevor Ariza hit two foul shots with 5.8 seconds left to seal it.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose told reporters in Sacramento, including The Undefeated's Marc Spears, that he expects to return on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks certainly missed Rose on Wednesday, when they were blown out by the Cavs.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Knicks guard Derrick Rose (back) says he expects to play Sunday against the Lakers.

LeBron passes Hayes for ninth place on all-time scoring list

LeBron James scores on a driving layup to pass Elvin Hayes for ninth place on the all-time scoring list with 27,315 points.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose will miss tonight's game against the Sacramento due to discomfort related to lingering spasms in his back. This is the second straight game Rose has missed due to the ailment, but he is not expected to miss extended time.