Russell Westbrook Steps Up In 4th Quarter Of Rockets Debut

Westbrook took over in the fourth quarter as the Rockets began to squander their lead over the Bucks

Brandon Scott
October 25, 2019 - 11:52 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Russell Westbrook’s regular season debut was a success despite the Rockets losing their opener against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Westbrook led the Rockets with 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.

It would’ve been the game’s most impressive stat line had it not been stacked with the NBA’s last three MVPs, the most recent putting up a 30-point triple double before fouling out with five minutes left to play.

James Harden struggled to knock down shots. Fourteen of his 19 points came from the foul line.

Harden said after the game he’s still getting into a rhythm and that it will come. 

They’re trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

“It would’ve been great to come out with a win but a loss is probably just as good,” Harden said after the Rockets' 117-111 loss to the Bucks. “We did some really things out there.”

Westbrook took over in the fourth quarter as the Rockets began to squander their lead over the Bucks. They led by 16 at halftime but could not contain Milwaukee in the final period. 

Still, Westbrook went off for 16 fourth-quarter points, while Harden missed his only two attempts of the quarter.

“We’re going to figure it out,” Westbrook said after the game. “We’re able to score at a high rate, defend. I think we were lackadaisical to start the fourth. 

“It’s a great game to be able to figure out what we need to do moving forward to start the year. It’s a good team, so we’re in the right direction.”

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