Westbrook heroics not enough for Thunder

Westbrook heroics not enough for Thunder

For 25 straight minutes, Westbrook sat with his head buried in his thoughts and his phone, texting his friends and family and trying to reckon with the 2-0 hole his team finds itself in this best-of-seven series despite yet another of his sublime and historic triple-doubles.

Will Lob City travel to Utah or will Jazz step up? Led by the scoring punch of Westbrook, the Thunder took an 86-74 lead after he drained a step-back 3-pointer.

Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook was fined $15,000 for inappropriate language during a postgame interview following Wednesday's Game 2, the National Basketball Association announced Friday. He guided Oklahoma City in as the sixth seed in the conference after averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. Westbrook scored a postseason team-record 51 points and also had 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Seeing their home fans all riled up should spark the Thunder and hopefully, for their sake, provide them with the boost needed to swing the series in their favor.

Yes, Westbrook needs a break but the end of the third was a crucial time in the game and better coaching from Donovan could've been vital. Andre Roberson scored 12 points and McDermott concluded with 11.

Westbrook's achievement this season in triple-double category has been part of the success of the Thunder. Westbrook went4-18 shooting from the field in the fourth quarter of the Game Two loss.Donovan, however, expressedthe utmost confidence in him.

The focus on Oladipo's production is magnified with no Kevin Durant in OKC. Now, his help is not an All-Star at any position.

The Jazz led most of the game before Paul took over in the fourth quarter and powered a 15-0 run that gave the Clippers a 103-96 lead with 2:09 remaining. For all of Russ's chucking in the fourth quarter, he was a plus-11 in 41 minutes on the court. During the Game 2 loss at Houston, he played 41 minutes and seemed worn out in the fourth period (during which he was 4 of 18 on shots from the field). Then the teams traded free-throw tries until Harden's drive in the final seconds with the Rockets down two.

"Down the stretch you've just got to be ready", Gordon said.

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You can find a list of National Basketball Association fines here. Dennis Schroder scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19, but Atlanta shot 4 of 20 on 3-pointers and committed 18 turnovers. Ideally, the team would have made more, but the fellas in red will take the outbreak from their prolific bench scorers. "Tonight we didn't really get it going and we had some dry spots but we won the game with our defense", said Warriors star Stephen Curry.

To say the rest of the game didn't go well would be an understatement.

Westbrook typically sits out the final few minutes of the third quarter and first few minutes of the fourth quarter.

"It didn't surprise me", D'Antoni said. Mr. Triple-Double was a completely different player in Game 3 than he was on Wednesday night. This time, shots and contributions were distributed more evenly throughout the game. "We just hung in there, hung in there".

Meanwhile, James Harden has 16 points and six assists so far as the anchor of the Rockets.

Westbrook led the league in PER at 30.9, while Harden finished at No. 5 with 27.4. Led by Harden, Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley, Houston used a 10-0 run to go up 114-104 and never looked back.

"It wasn't pretty", Harden said. "Somebody's going to come out and do something".

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