The Thunder had the lead comfortably in hand until a fourth quarter collapse doomed them. Despite Russell Westbrook’s 51 points (the most ever in a triple-double), the Thunder still fell 115-111 to the Rockets.
In addition to the 51 points, Westbrook notched 13 assists and 10 rebounds — not that it mattered much to him.
“I don’t give a f*** about the line,” he said after the game, clearly frustrated with his own effort. “We lost.”
Much of the blame lies squarely on Westbrook’s shoulders, as crazy as it may sound given his statline. While the Rockets clawed back into the game, down by double digits at one point, Westbrook shot four for 18 in the final period.
Despite the fourth quarter floundering, the Thunder still had a chance in the final minutes. A barrage of threes and Westbrook’s poor shooting ultimately doomed the Thunder.
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James Harden scored 35 points, adding eight assists and four boards to his total.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Harden said after the victory. “We didn’t make a lot of shots. We gave them the early lead and we had to fight our way back and we did. We didn’t give up. We continued to fight and grind and figure out a way to win.”
For the Thunder, Victor Oladipo continues to struggle, following up a 1-of-12 shooting performance with a 4-of-14 effort. Oladipo scored 11 and tallied five rebounds. Andre Roberson was the Thunder’s second-leading scorer with 12 points, pulling in eight boards.
For the Rockets, Eric Gordon was the second-leading scorer with 22 and three three-pointers. Lou Williams scored 21 points, notching three three-pointers.
The Rockets take a 2-0 series lead heading into Game 3. Tip-off will be at 8:30 Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.