Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates

During the postgame press conference with Westbrook and Steven Adams, a reporter asked Adams about the bench's struggles. But he says Oklahoma City's fans are nothing like what he encountered when he played overseas.

So who's leading the charge for the Thunder?

James Harden scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a 3-pointer that could have won the game just before time expired.

Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers is defended by Joe Johnson #6 of the Utah Jazz during the first half at Staples Center on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Wilt Chamberlain did it in four consecutive games in 1967.

In April 2010, a super-young but super-talented Oklahoma City Thunder team - driven by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden - made its first National Basketball Association playoff appearance.

Westbrook is averaging a triple-double for the series with 35 points, 11.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. Not that it mellowed his mood at all afterwards.

In another battle between the two MVP candidates, Friday's honours went to Westbrook. Russell Westbrook, who raced out to a triple-double by halftime, could not save his team in this game, and perhaps, the season as they now face an elimination game on the road, down 3-1. "So. we don't want to have any slippage".

He scored one point on 0-for-6 shooting and fouled out of Houston's 115-113 loss in Game 3.

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"You go down 0-3 and it's really, really tough for you to fight back, but we just wanted to take it one game at a time and get this game and give ourselves a chance". Russell against Houston. I don't want to hear that. "We're all in this together and my teammates have been doing a great job all season long". "Next question", George said.

To be fair, it was a legitimate question. From there, the Thunder had to heave another three, which Westbrook missed. OKC were plus-14 when Westbrook was on; minus-17 when he was being rested.

But once again the Rockets' depth was crucial. He also had an off-the-charts plus/minus of plus-24. After trailing by 10 with 5:13 to play, the Rockets cut the deficit to three thanks to a Harden 3 and layups from Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson.

Westbrook's second missed free throw in the waning seconds had kept the door open for Rockets, who had tied it at 111-111 with 52 seconds to play on a Harden three-pointer. OKC coach Billy Donovan had to take him out before he could re-enter in the last two minutes when off-the-ball fouls are deemed illegal.

Westbrook scored 51 points Wednesday in the highest-scoring triple-double in playoff history. When we see a matchup that we like we are going to keep going to him.

Westbrook then brushed off multiple follow-up attempts.

Rondo had 11 points and 14 assists in Game 2 as Chicago put the top-seeded Celtics in an 0-2 hole. When the Rockets got hot from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter of Game 2, it propelled them to victory. That edge - plus a few clutch shots from the Rockets - allowed Houston to get the win.