Rockets survive Westbrook's 51 points, mount 2-0 lead over Thunder

QuotesOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook during the game.

The series now shifts to Atlanta for Game Three on Saturday.

The Rockets discovered some rhythm offensively but they rarely made stops on the other end, with Westbrook fueling the Thunder at MVP levels.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets battled in Game 2 of their NBA Playoffs series on Wednesday night, and once again Russell Westbrook had us all on the edge of our seats with his performance. But Dwight Howard had only seven rebounds, half his Game 1 total, and six points.

The Oklahoma City Thunder may have lost their game against the Houston Rockets on April 19, but Russell Westbrook made National Basketball Association history by scoring the first 50-point triple-double EVER. If the Wiz win this series, they're on track to play an eight seed (the Bulls) in the second round, and if they win that, they're in the conference finals, which would be a great start in stating their case as a possible team to take the torch from LeBron and the Cavs down the road.

Williams added 21 points and combined with Gordon to shoot 16 of 28 overall, including 6 for 10 on threes.

We have the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets. "We know what we have to do", said Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni of stopping Westbrook. "That's what we try to do".

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, it comes as no coincidence that Oklahoma City's lead deteriorated as Houston's points-in-the-paint increased.

Following the game, one reporter in the postgame press conference chose to ask Brodie about his stat line from the loss, and this is where people were reminded that maybe he's not as selfish as some people think he is. The team is looking their best play in this Game 2.

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Thunder Coach Billy Donovan thought Westbrook might have gotten exhausted late after playing the entire fourth quarter, but Westbrook brushed off that notion. He hoisted 18 shots in the fourth quarter, more than anyone took in the game, and only made four.

The Houston Rockets narrowed the margin in the second quarter but Oklahoma City still held a 68-62 lead at halftime. The Thunder had missed seven straight shots when Westbrook got them back on track with a layup with about eight minutes left. Westbrook will do incredible shit like nail a leaning three while simultaneously yawping about a foul call, and he'll also drive through three dudes, lose the ball, and complain about it instead of getting back on defense.

"That's really a rare talent, someone who wants to excel in literally every field that he is attached to, even with fashion", Sandoval said.

Close Modal Window Hang on for a minute.we're trying to find some more stories you might like. He had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Harden? He took just four shots and was plus-three in the box. "So that's what we're going to work for".

The Rockets are in their current position despite not playing well throughout all of Game 2.

Maurice Harkless scored all of his 15 points in the first half and the Blazers gave up seven straight points to start the third as the Warriors were off and running.

"I trust my teammates all the time, regardless of what's going on I'm always trusting my guys", Westbrook said after the loss. "Whatever these guys do collectively as a group, it doesn't surprise me".

-Westbrook continues to make history and joined Tony Parker as the only two players to have achieved a double-double in the first half of a playoff game in the last 15 years. Westbrook, on the other hand, shot a whopping 43 times from the floor on Wednesday.

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