He broke Oscar "Big O" Robertson's 55-year-old record of 41 triple doubles with the new high mark of 42. That being said, the Thunder has no choice but to bounce back. "We continued to fight and grind and figure out a way to win".
Westbrook set a franchise for play-off scoring record and added 13 assists and 10 rebounds. OKC's bench was outscored 50-24. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 99 points on 39.3 percent shooting and allowing 116.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting. 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 three minutes left in the quarter.
But he shot just four for 18 in the fourth quarter as the Rockets clawed back from a double-digit deficit to surge ahead.
What is undebatable is the Rockets started their crucial 10-0 fourth-quarter run with Harden sitting on the bench. Before Houston could muster a second field goal, a Nene dunk with 6:04 left in the first quarter, the Thunder led 20-7.
"I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games and different things that he's done", Donovan said. James Harden came out strong in the third quarter, taking the ball to the basket hard and scoring 13 points.
Nobody else took more than 14 shots for Oklahoma City, which might not have mattered if Victor Oladipo did not produce a disappointing 11-point, 4-of-14 performance. But, even the greatest player of all time couldn't get the job done without a capable wingman, or two. "We know we still have a shot to win this".
"I think we'll play desperate, as well", Williams said. It's time to get more minutes and shot opportunities for Doug McDermott, who was acquired from Chicago in February. Until the final frame, Westbrook was playing efficient, controlled basketball and carrying his team offensively while keeping his teammates in the fold.
It just didn't happen for him in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.
As in the regular season, James Harden couldn't match Westbrook's across-the-board statistical brilliance, but he found a way to elevate his team to win the game. "The game will tell you what you need to do". Beverley shot 4-for-6 from three-point land.
The Rockets were in front for the majority of the game and they kept their foot to the pedal as they kept the Thunder by as much as 33 points.
So to dig into all that comes with being around the Russell Westbrook Experience, the latest episode of "Posting Up" features a conversation with someone who has been around Westbrook as much as anyone this season: Fred Katz, Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript. Their other playoff loss in a Westbrook triple-double game occurred in Game 5 of the 2014 first round against the Memphis Grizzlies.
It's not for a lack of effort, however. In other words, he's being aggressive. Patrick Beverly was also key, putting up 21 points with 10 rebounds.
In a more similar situation to Westbrook's, Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri was fined $25,000 in 2014 for using the same word Westbrook did at a rally with Raptors fans before a playoff series against Brooklyn. At the end of the day, you just go out there and play.
If anyone wants to make this game a referendum on Russ and his style of play, that's their right.