OKC guard Russell Westbrook avoids suspension with technical rescinded, will play in Monday's game against Portland _lowres

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts to an officials call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 10, 2015. Oklahoma City won 116-103. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NBA has rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, allowing the star guard to play in the Thunder's critical game against Portland on Monday night.

The league said in an email Monday the technical wouldn't stand, although it did not say why. That means the NBA's leading scorer avoids what would have been an automatic suspension because he had reached the league limit of technical fouls.

Westbrook drew the technical with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 116-104 loss to Indiana. He had a career-high 54 points in the game.

The Thunder are tied with New Orleans for eighth place in the Western Conference, with the Pelicans holding the tiebreaker. Both teams have two games left.

Westbrook, the All-Star MVP, is averaging 27.9 points a game.