Rockets overcome Westbrook's 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder
06:30, Apr 23, 2017
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Russell Westbrook recorded the highest-scoring triple-double in play-off history, but still could not prevent Oklahoma City Thunder falling 115-111 to Houston Rockets and to a 0-2 deficit in their first-round series. For me, in the context of this seven-game series between the Thunder and Rockets, Game 2 proved that no matter which way Russ plays, it won't be enough to lift Oklahoma City unless somebody else steps up when Westbrook sits.
It left Westbrook with a gaudy box score, but he and his teammates without the win.
Draymond Green had another fantastic all-around game for Golden State, getting 12 rebounds, 10 assists, six points and three more blocked shots after swatting five in Sunday's win.
If anything, what this game showed is that if the Thunder want to turn the series around, they can't keep letting Westbrook log 50-point triple-doubles.
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In those 24+ hours I've heard a lot about how Russell Westbrook's supporting cast is to blame because they couldn't hit a shot all game.
Steven Adams has come up clutch for the Oklahoma City Thunder. But it was what he couldn't do in the fourth quarter that was on his mind after the game. He also had six assists and grabbed six boards.
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"I don't give a f- about the [stat] line". On Friday, as OKC was faced with the possibility of an 0-3 series deficit, there was only slightly more rest for Westbrook. McDermott finished with 11 points in 14 minutes.
A exhausted Westbrook just kept jacking up shots, many of them bad ones, and he shot.
Westbrook had four straight points to start a 7-1 run after that, but the Thunder wouldn't get any closer. For Game 5, the Thunder and Rockets return to Houston on Tuesday.
Westbrook Explodes but Rockets Conclude Quarter with a Fierce ComebackOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the game. Oladipo missed both of his shots, Roberson missed two of three shots, and Enes Kanter only took one shot. Houston fell behind 16-4 in the opening minutes, trailed by 15 in the first half and by 12 with 3:51 remaining in the third.
"I thought he was unbelievable from start to finish". They combined to shoot 6 for 10 on 3s.
Houston got 22 points from Gordon, 21 from Lou Williams and 15 from Patrick Beverley.
What'd we learn? OKC needs to get Westbrook more help. Smith was upset with the decision and says he hasn't asked yet if he'll play in Indianapolis as the Cavaliers try to take a 3-0 series lead. "They did a great job finishing plays and got big stops towards the end of the game".
"We looked like we needed some energy, looked like we needed a spark and I think in the first and second half (the second unit) was able to do it", he said. It's hurting them on the scoreboard, and with all the second chance points, Harden and the fast-running Rockets are making them pay.
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