Another amazing stat line from Russell Westbrook yields dubious record

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Russell Westbrook has regularly put up some stat lines this season that literally make NBA fans do a double take.

Wednesday night in a Game 2 battle against the Houston Rockets was another one of those times.

This time, though, it was for the wrong reasons.

At first glance, Westbrook's output during the 115-111 loss was another magnificent performance by the leading candidate to win this season's MVP award.

Westbrook scored 51 points and had another triple-double with 13 assists and 10 rebounds. However, a closer look reveals something Russ would probably not want you to see.

In the game, Westbrook was 17 of 43 from the field, meaning he missed 26 field-goal attempts.

That ties Westbrook for an all-time record with a couple of the other all-time greats. Ironically, one of those players is former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant, who missed 26 shots in a 2016 playoff loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

In that game, an 85-84 Dallas win in Game 2 of the first round - a five-game series win by the Thunder - Durant shot 7 of 33 from the field for 21 points. Westbrook also wasn't great that night, either, scoring 19 points on 8-of-22 shooting.

KD bounced back in the next game, as the Thunder regained control with a 131-102 victory in Dallas. Durant scored 34 points on 11-of-25 shooting that night.

The third player in this grouping is another surprise: The Greatest of All-Time.

That's right, Michael Jordan also missed 26 shots in a playoff game, scoring 29 points in an 87-80 loss to the Miami Heat in the 1997 NBA playoffs, a Game 4 Miami win which extended the Eastern Conference Finals series to five games, which the Bulls would win en route to the fifth of six NBA championships in Jordan's career.

That night in Miami, Jordan was cold, shooting 9 for 35 from the field, including 0 for 8 on 3-pointers.

The Heat, meanwhile, were led by Tim Hardaway, who had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the win. Alonzo Mourning added 18 points and 14 rebounds, Jamal Mashburn scored 17 points, Voshon Lenard had 13 points and Isaac Austin had 12 points off the bench.

Jordan recovered nicely two nights later at the United Center in Chicago, as the Bulls put away the Heat 100-87 behind 28 points from Jordan on 11-of-31 shooting. 

All this is to say that you should definitely not be counting out Westbrook.

The smart money says Russ goes off for a big game as the Thunder return home on Friday night for Game 3.

As we know, history tends to repeat itself.

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