Russell Westbrook Continues Strong Play

Westbrook's play has been a bright spot for the Rockets

Adam Spolane
December 17, 2019 - 12:21 am

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Rockets' 19-point halftime deficit Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs could've been a lot worse.

Before draining a 3 at the buzzer, James Harden was just 3-of-16 from the field for six points. Fortunately for the Rockets, Russell Westbrook stepped up.

"He held us in there," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He gave us a chance."

Westbrook scored 25 points in the first half and finished with 31 for the game to go with 10 rebounds.

He's now averaging 22.8 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting through his first 24 games as a Rocket. But over his last five games that number has jumped to 27 points on 53 percent shooting, and Harden said he can see his teammate getting more comfortable with his new team. 

"He's going to continue to be aggressive," Harden said. "He's taking the threes and obviously getting to the rim. He's shooting his shots and he's getting more comfortable as the season goes on. It's exciting to watch."

Monday's come-from-behind win over the Spurs helped the Rockets avoid a third straight home loss against a sub-500 opponent.

It also came before the team starts a four-game road trip that will start Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. When asked how the Rockets were able to storm back, Westbrook pointed to his heart.

"Sometimes you've got to want it more than the other team, it's that simple."