Russell Westbrook did everything he could to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder from falling behind 2-0 to the Houston Rockets. He put together the first 50-point triple-double in NBA postseason history. He had 22-8-10 at the half and helped Oklahoma City build an 86-73 lead on a step-back three with 3:50 left in the third…
Westbrook then went 4 of 18 in the fourth quarter, watched Houston rip off a 10-0 run in crunch time and saw his new piece of playoff history reduced to the meme-worthy image you see above. He finished with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 115-111 loss.
He fell to James Harden and company because he ultimately failed, unable to hit shots in the fourth while the Rockets collectively turned it on. The Thunder will go as Russ goes, and they both fell apart down the stretch. Westbrook’s efficiency numbers dropped in kind, and those that think Harden should win MVP over Westbrook gained another point to make in their admittedly compelling case.
When Russ was on, though, he was his usual shade of brilliant. Here’s a nice assist on the fast break after a Harden turnover, finding Victor Oladipo for the alley-oop.
He also made plenty happen on his own, including this beauty of a coast-to-coast drive that included a spin move behind the 3-point arc.