On the surface, it looks like Russell Westbrook had another great game: 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, tying Michael Jordan for seven consecutive triple-doubles. It's his 12th of the season and he's now just two away from tying Wilt Chamberlain's record set way back in March of 1968.
If you look a little closer at the stats, you will see he had eight turnovers - two less than his total assists - and missed 17 of his 25 shots, including all seven of his 3-point attempts. The last miss from three was an airball with eight seconds left in regulation and the Thunder only being down by one! Why would an ice-cold Westbrook attempt a 3-pointer when they only need a point?
"He's a really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really good player," said Patrick Beverley, who forced Westbrook to take the bad shot. "We were fortunate to come up with a stop."
And the Rockets are very fortunate to have Beverley, who on the surface had a bad game: 3 points on 1 of 8 shooting and five assists. But he was really, really, really, really. really good at frustrating Westbrook all night long and forcing him into to awful shots, including the airball.
After the win, Beverley celebrated by chest bumping coach Mike D'Antoni and almost knocking him down to the ground the way he likes to knock down Steph Curry.
ROCKETS DEFENSE ON WESTBROOK