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Russell Westbrook will play in the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Westbrook last played in the semifinals four years ago as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The superstar of the Rockets had 20 points (9/20 shooting) in Game 7 against the Thunder.

Houston survived Game 7 (102-104) and will now face the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is on Friday.