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The NBA's regular season has all sorts of numbers attached to it.

In an 82-game season, you can have a great game and your team can lose, or you can struggle and your team can win.

Players might not admit it publicly, but when the result of each individual game doesn't mean all that much in the grand scheme of things, you can feel good about playing well in a loss, or feel bad about a rough performance in a win.

Come playoff time, those feelings pretty much go away.

Winning is all that matters.

Russell Westbrook voiced that opinion after Wednesday's 115-111 Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets, which put his Oklahoma City Thunder into a 2-0 first round series hole.

In the game, Westbrook had a great stat line that was a little uneven. He had a triple-double with 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, but also tied an NBA playoffs record by missing 26 shots.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Two

After the game, Russ made his feelings about his statistics very clearly known.

In the news conference with the media afterward, Westbrook was asked: "When you look at your line on the box score, how would you grade the line?"

His response, which is not safe for work, was just about perfect.

"I don't give a f--k about the line. We lost."

OK, then.

He's right there, and now the Thunder will have a huge hole to climb out going forward.

But what a remarkable stat line it was for Westbrook, who probably broke the speedometer for usage rate.

A look at Westbrook's first two games against the Rockets shows even more impressive numbers. In the series, he's averaging 36.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists. Meanwhile, fellow top MVP candidate James Harden is posting averages of 36.0 points, 8.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds.

Harden, of course, is beating Westbrook in the category that matters most.

Las Vegas thinks Oklahoma City bounces back on Friday, listing the Thunder as 2.5-point favorites in Game 3.

For that to happen, Westbrook may need to try to lean on his teammates a bit more, although the formula of Russ doing everything has been the calling card for coach Billy Donovan's team this season.

On Wednesday, however, Westbrook's fellow starters - Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson, Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo - combined for 36 points. In Game 1, that group combined for 35 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

That won't be enough to get it done.

The Thunder have to find another way, and they haven't shown yet that it's a possibility for them.

Topics:
NBA
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
James Harden
Kevin Durant
Russell Westbrook

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