Rockets overcome Westbrook's 51, take 2-0 lead over Thunder

For those trying to put a finger on what Nene above brings to the Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni offers this

Westbrook was not in the mood to talk about his statistics after the game.

The All-Star guard and Oklahoma City face a two-games-to-none deficit Friday night as they return home to face Houston in Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

While James Harden had a great season and deserves a shot at the MVP, Russell Westbrook took a team who lost Kevin Durant to free agency into a playoff caliber squad, all while rewriting the record books in the process. Westbrook shot 5-for-19 in that game for 14 points. They called timeout, and what happened after helped them comeback to win the game 115-111 to take a 2-0 series lead. His final stat line was 51 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. Actually, what he said was: "I don't give a f-- about my line".

Moving forward, here are a few more adjustments Donovan and Oklahoma City can work on to aid their battle to defend one of the best home court advantages in the National Basketball Association. "That's what we try to do". The Houston Rockets are averaging 116.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 39.3 percent shooting. For all of Russ's chucking in the fourth quarter, he was a plus-11 in 41 minutes on the court.

The Thunder were still very much in the game with a few minutes left, but due to Westbrook's inefficiency, they were unable to retake the lead. However, he struggled with his shot, going 6-for-23 from the field.

The difference is those two players are not the leading candidate for this year's NBA Most Valuable Player award.

After the disastrous 87-118 loss in Game-1 Sunday Night, Oklahoma Thunder locks horns with Houston Rockets in the NBA Round 1, Game 2, Wednesday night. James Harden had another big game, posting 37 points with seven rebounds and nine assists. Houston was 5 of 9 from behind the arc in the fourth. It started with Roberson, and when Harden beat him off the dribble, Steven Adams, Taj Gibson and Enes Kanter were waiting for him at the rim.

"They brought three people", Westbrook said.

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Close Modal Window Hang on for a minute.we're trying to find some more stories you might like. It was good that we kept the pace going. He had 10 assists in the first half (only three the rest of the game). Donovan explained Thursday a main reason is because he likes fellow forward Jerami Grant as a more switchy defender at the 4 against Houston's elite offense.

"I think there's always a balance there".

"We lit a fire off the bench and in the second half we just played better overall defense". You can't play great all the time. "It's just, our pick-and-roll coverages change depending on who's handling the ball and how we wanna manipulate it".

The Rockets benefited from a balanced scoring attack, with Lou Williams adding 21, Gordon scoring 22 off the bench and Game 1 star Beverley chipping in 15. They were a combined 6 of 17 in the series opener, but Nene and Clint Capela provided efficiency inside by combining on 14-of-17 shooting.

Can we say most valuable player?

Still, there are areas for Houston to clean up.

But after the break Houston found its defensive might, limited the Thunder to 43 second-half points, and escaped the hole they dug nearly immediately. We understand what's at stake here. "I can't explain it; they've done it all year".

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