Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

Rufina Vignone
Mag 1, 2017

Oklahoma City has admirably competed in the series, but they may have cost themselves a great chance at a tied series by simply forgetting the game plan.

Houston fouled Andre Roberson in the fourth quarter, and he made just 2 of 8 free throws in a 42-second stretch.

Despite 14 first half blocks by the Thunder, the Rockets managed to chip the lead back down to four at halftime. The Rockets scored 130 or more points 12 times, which was the second-highest total in franchise history and notched at least 100 points in a franchise-best 61 straight games while scoring under the century mark on just five occasions.

"I don't want nobody to try and split us up", Westbrook said, eyes darting around the room. This includes James Harden becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history have at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, and 600 rebounds in a single season. Not that it mellowed his mood at all afterwards.

But Westbrook didn't want to hear anything about the glaring on/off discrepancy, instead choosing to hop on the grenade for his teammates when the subject was broached during the post-game press conference. "I should have been more aggressive on some of them", center Steven Adams said.

Reporter: Russell, I'm not trying to split you up, but twice in three games you guys have not played well at all when you've gone to the bench, and I'm just trying to figure out what's going on. We all a team. we in this together. "I don't want nobody to try and split us up". Try and make it against Russell and the rest of the guys.

"I thought he was unbelievable", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "Our pace was slow, and as the games goes on we pick it up and we're a much better team". He kept repeating, "next question" until finally the reporter gave up. From there, the Thunder had to heave another three, which Westbrook missed.

Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at the break. They were plus-5 in Adams' 37 minutes too.

LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep their playoff series against the Indiana Pacers with a 106-102 victory on Sunday.

But once again the Rockets' depth was crucial. He missed seven of eight attempts in that span and finished 2-of-12 from the charity stripe in the game. He also had an off-the-charts plus/minus of plus-24.

It was a very good night at the office for Adams who managed 18-points but it wasn't enough as the Rockets' bench starred with Brazilian Nene Hilario who hit a whopping 28-points with 12 from 12 field goals.

Gerald Green made four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points, helping the top-seeded Celtics return the favor in Chicago after dropping the first two games at home. Key late in the 4th quarter were two characteristics that will define this series - the Rockets' ability to draw fouls, and the performance of Nene Hilario, who has been the best big man throughout this series.

Bulls didn't have a single assist in the third quarter as they struggled to get their offence going.

"We've got to come out with some dog in us", Harden said. Westbrook's point was clear, and it was as much a message for his teammates as it was taking exception to a question.

Westbrook finished with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists while Steven Adams added 18 points and seven boards.

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