Harden has 37 points, Rockets rout Thunder, Westbrook 118-87

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates during an NBA game

Turns out, he did the opposite. Westbrook has to do most of the work for OKC, which he has proven he can do, but sometimes he is forced to press and that leads to road struggles.

That's the outcome an average human would have after being flattened by a Steven Adams screen early in the third quarter of Game 1 against the Thunder.

Beverley picked himself up immediately. Only 30 seconds after that, he drained another. We just got to figure it out.

One surprising stat from game one was that the Rockets out-rebounded the Thunder; rebounding is one of the few statistics the Thunder rank in as number one in the league. "I've been like that since I was a little kid". "We just didn't close it". Then Harden found Beverley for back-to-back 3s in the third quarter and the rout was on. The Rockets grabbed 56 rebounds to Oklahoma City's 41. It was a surprising way for the Rockets, who led the National Basketball Association in 3-point shooting this season, to win a playoff opener. That is, the lack of support to lead the Thunder deeper into the playoffs if no one steps up. "It's definitely cool", Westbrook said. In Game 2, however, it's possible that the Thunder might go in a completely different direction. It didn't happen. He finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. "That's the most important thing". "I was setting there on the sidelines getting fired up, wanting to get in the game".

When Russell Westbrook is out of the game, the Thunder seems to fall apart, but in the fourth quarter of Game 2 he seemed to get exhausted. You're trying to make sure those star players when they attract a second defender, they make the right play.

"There you go!" Beverley finally replied. "We're OK with that". Scroll down for the live stream details on how you can watch. Harden also had nine assists and seven rebounds, and Patrick Beverley had a playoff career-best 21 points along with 10 rebounds for the Rockets. He shot just 6 of 23 from the field.

Game 1 may have been a blowout in favor of the Rockets, but don't think for a second that Russ and company won't be back looking to get their revenge in Game 2 while attempting to steal home court advantage.

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"[Beverley] was real feisty", Gibson said.

Beverley isn't always picking fights, of course. They didn't give that on Sunday, and he didn't give them much, either. "They're switching with the big [man] and taking our 3-pointers away, so I just tried to get to the basket". OKC finished with just four. "It's going to be 0-0", D'Antoni said. Rookie Alex Abrines went scoreless.

At the half, Westbrook was on pace to achieve the triple double, as he already had accumulated six rebounds and five assists. He can't stop now just because it's the playoffs and Beverley is in his grill. To be fair, Beverley was going for the ball.

Surely that will drive Westbrook to mean more Wednesday night.

After separating the playing style, one must look at the disparity in the type of teams they played on.

"We let them get to their spots in the first half", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "It's the playoffs now". "It's about runs. It's about perseverance".



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