Yet, with Beverly in tow, Victor Oladipo's output dwindled (17-44 FG in 3 losses vs. Hou) as Westbrook's number of forced attempts (27 FGA) rose. Despite the Thunder dropping three out of the four contests against the Rockets, he has posted a pair of triple-doubles and a 49-point outing. "We have to get back to the drawing board". Probably. However, Harden's presence in the paint made things hard for Russell Westbrook, which led to a 6-for-23 shooting night and nine turnovers for Westbrook.
Rockets - Set the National Basketball Association record for single-season three-pointers made. In the process, Westbrook recorded 42 triple-doubles on the year, breaking Robertson's mark of 41.
On Sunday night, Russell Westbrook finished just three assists shy of opening the postseason with yet another triple double. A lot of people are just now realizing Patrick Beverley's importance to the Rockets' organization. However, it's more of a question between Russell Westbrook and James Harden rather than a discussion.
With Game 2 set for Wednesday night at Toyota Center, the Rockets are not only expecting a more intense and dedicated effort from the Thunder, but they also are anticipating a series of adjustments to prevent the result that enabled Houston to grab a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. Once a player that was criticized for shooting too many shots, he not only got his shots, but made the players around him better through brilliant and lovely ball sharing. Although the circumstances are different in comparison to Harden, Westbrook also declined to address the relationship between he and Durant when the Thunder played the Warriors. Westbrook finished with 22 points on 6-for-23 shooting, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 9 turnovers in just over 34 minutes, with an uncharacteristically poor plus-minus rating (minus-25). Toward the end of the season, opponents started game-planning just to stop Westbrook from filling up the stat sheet. "Of course, we're both defensive minded". "Last game they did a really good job of taking away our threes, so we tried to get into the paint, attack and get layups".
As good as Harden was Sunday he also got plenty of help from a strong supporting cast. Thunder big men Enes Kanter and Adams combined for 14 points on six of 13 shooting, plus eight rebounds.
Westbrook's and Harden's numbers are otherworldly; yet, the MVP is nearly never based on statistics alone.
Beverley scored a playoff-career-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds plus two steals to steer the ship until MVP candidate James Harden got untracked.More news: Braun Strowman Slams Big Show, Ring Collapses
This game was tied at 88 going into the fourth quarter.
Beverley briefly went into the locker room to have his back checked, and he received treatment after the game. What the award doesn't account for is that certain player's overall skills in every facet of the game. Houston has enough players on the roster who can step up when necessary to make things happen. They're going to spread you out, use a high pick-and-roll with James Harden handling the ball, then run downhill and force you to make a decision. "He was just Pat tonight".
The Rockets claimed the last three series meetings, and despite several white-knuckle finishes should be emboldened by the fact that they led by double digits in all four games this season.
"All we did is defend our home court, and that's what we're supposed to do", he said. But in the bar fight of the first half, there was Beverley, throwing his body into his rivals as his teammates look on, in awe of his impossible intensity. But matters change when you face a team that spreads the entire lineup out 30 feet from the basket with the possible MVP of the National Basketball Association running the show via a wide-open high pick-and-roll.
"If they change it, we've got to counter what they do".
"They didn't particularly shoot the ball the way they wanted in the first half, but they stuck with it, and this is the playoffs and that's what it's all about", Andre Roberson said.