Rockets dig 0-2 hole for Russell Westbrook, Thunder
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 7:41
His 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a Game 2, 115-111 playoff loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday were the most points ever scored in a playoff triple-double.
Whether that contributed to Westbrook's 4-for-18 shooting in the fourth quarter is hard to say.
But when asked about his statistics during a post-game news conference televised live by several media outlets, Westbrook said, "I don't give a fuck about my line". Westbrook went just 4/18 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce (34) steals the ball from Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. It did not go well. He was 4-of-18 for the quarter, including 1-of-7 from three.
Williams did what he does best: take and make tough shots. That's why they were able to capitalize. He did a lot of different things.
The Rockets discovered some rhythm offensively but they rarely made stops on the other end, with Westbrook fueling the Thunder at MVP levels. His 14 misses in the fourth were the most in one playoff quarter by any player in the past 20 years.
The 24-year-old Oladipo, who played collegiately at IN, is trying to keep it simple IN the first playoff appearances of his career. The Thunder have their backs against the wall, and will have to fight tooth and nail to have any kind of chance at winning the series.
"We can't give away leads like that on the road, man", Westbrook said. His 51 point triple-double became the highest scoring triple-double in playoff history. Williams followed with a trey 27 seconds later before James Harden nailed a 3 to push Houston to a 104-100 lead with 5:16 left. According to the computer, Westbrook is more valuable to his team than Harden, even if Oklahoma City is looking at long odds of advancing. After he was caught on camera during Game 1 telling his assistant coach Mo Cheeks, "Can't play Kanter", he made an adjustment: Enes was only allowed on the floor when James Harden Saturday. Oklahoma City went more than three minutes without any offense to permit Houston to gain the lead. James. You can make a compelling argument for any of them, depending on your view of triple-doubles, advanced statistics, Mike D'Antoni-ball or the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers roster.
More important than the poor shooting, and unlike the first half, Westbrook was not getting his teammates involved, so they started standing around and watching the show, which was a stark contrast to the Rockets who played with a team energy.
The Thunder were outscored in the game by 15 points when Westbrook was not on the court.
The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards each have two-games-to-none leads in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. Houston scored the next six points, but Oklahoma City answered with seven points in a row after that, with five from Westbrook, to extend the lead to 86-74 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.
Behind Westbrook, Oklahoma City has reached great distances.