Russell Westbrook’s stat line in Game 2 of the Western Conference opening round series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets was so incredible that it’s almost unbelievable.
Scoring 51 points on the night, Brodie added 10 rebounds and 13 assists for a triple-double along with a block, four steals and four turnovers.
Get this: on the night, he went 17-for-43 from the field (2-of-11 from three) and 15-for-18 from the free throw line. In other words, he did everything he could possibly to do put his team in position to pull off the series-evening victory on the road, but it didn’t pan out in the end.
Per usual, he didn’t receive much help from his teammates.
Victor Oladipo had 11 points, but went 4-for-14 shooting and just 1-of-7 from deep. Just two other players (Andre Roberson with 12 and Doug McDermott with 11) scored in double-figures and as a team, OKC went just 7-of-30 from beyond the arc and shot 41.2 percent from the field.
As you can imagine, Westbrook’s amazing stat line is historic in nature. In fact, no one in NBA history has had a 50-point triple-double in the playoffs.
Considering the fact that he took a ridiculous number of shots (43) and free throw attempts (18), he very well could have topped the 60-point threshold if he shot with slightly greater accuracy.
While on the surface, a 51-point triple-double seems completely and utterly dominant, that wasn't exactly the case, however.
Down the stretch in the fourth quarter, the MVP candidate surprisingly struggled mightily. While he did score 15 points, he did so mostly at the free throw line, where he went 6-for-8. Overall, he went just 4-for-18 from the field in the fourth, which was the most misses in a single quarter in two decades of playoff hoops.
That’s not a statistic that he should be proud of.
Watching the game, it seemed as though the ball was in Westbrook’s hands every single time down the floor on the offensive end. While he has carried the team on his back all season long, it’s safe to assume that Billy Donovan’s game plan going into Game 2 wasn’t to have his superstar take so many shots and have his team so reliant on the majority of them dropping.
Game 3 will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday at 9:30pm EST as Westbrook will look to lead his team to a victory in front of his home fans. After all, Brodie wants to avoid going down 3-0 to Houston in the series.