Patrick Beverley explains shooting efficiency to Russell Westbrook
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 26, 2017,
Apr 26, 2017, 21:08
With Westbrook sitting to start the fourth quarter, the hosts proceeded to go on a Williams-inspired 14-4 run to reclaim the lead.
Westbrook's historic season, with an NBA-record 42 triple-doubles and becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 season to average a triple-double, came to an end with another bit of statistical history.
Harden, Westbrook's main competitor for NBA MVP, scored 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Rockets, who await the victor of the Grizzlies-Spurs series. Eric Gordon and Lou Williams each scored 18 points, and Trevor Ariza finished with 14.
On the other hand, Beverley averaged 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.8 steals during the series and helped the Rockets eliminate from the Thunder in five games. Russ shot just 2-11 from the field and 0-5 from three in the final frame, including some patented Westbrook hero ball that featured several ill-advised chucks.
One potential hope for a breakthrough for Houston: The Rockets have yet to catch fire from behind the arc.
In a surreal moment that would make Mark Cuban proud, Leslie Alexander got up from his normal midcourt seat and got in a ref's ear while athletic millionaires were still on the court and time remained on the first-quarter clock. In Game 5, Houston had a 44-22 edge.
The Spurs own a three-games-to-two lead in their series after Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies.
Adams finished with seven points (3/4 FG), nine rebounds and four blocks and was notably plus-10 in the plus/minus for the game.
The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies are deadlocked at 2-2 going into their Game 5 showdown at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Somehow, that team won 47 games and made the playoffs as a 6-seed.
But it was the few times either team had success defensively. Westbrook was 15 of 34 from the floor and the Thunder shot just 38.5 percent as a team.
Reserve point guard Mills made five three-pointers, four of them in the fourth quarter en route to his career-high playoff scoring total.
The teams exchanged baskets over a 3-minute span before consecutive 3-pointers by Mills helped break the game open for San Antonio.
Rockets: Made just 1 of 13 3-point attempts in the third quarter.
Chris Paul scored 28 points for the Clippers, who played their second game without standout scorer Blake Griffin, who will miss the rest of the playoffs with a right big toe injury.
"You can't expect a guy to be flawless every single time", said Donovan, referring to the expected MVP, who averaged 37.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.8 assists in the series, but shot just 38.8 percent from the field and 26.5 percent on 3s. When he returned, the Thunder had a five-point deficit (86-81).