Russell Westbrook Hits 'Extra Gear' For Third Triple-Double In Rockets Uniform

Brandon Scott
November 19, 2019 - 12:08 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Russell Westbrook hit an extra gear in the third quarter of Monday night’s blowout win against the Portland Trail Blazers. 

It took him 13 shots to score 13 points in the first half. 

The Rockets did not need his efficiency, since James Harden was handling that with 23 first-half points, shooting 50 percent from the field and 3-point line. 

Westbrook just continues to be himself, which means some inefficiency is the sacrifice of watching Westbrook hit that extra gear, as Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni called it after the game.

He used trademark speed and effort to put up 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists -- Westbrook’s third triple-double as a Rocket. 

“He knows how to play. He’s an MVP for a reason,” D’Antoni said. “He’s been up there the last three or four or five years, whatever it is, at the highest level you can get. So you know eventually it’s going to come. …

“All summer you just spend rehabbing, and then a short preseason, not quite ready, new place, trying to fit in. And we just want him to be Russell Westbrook and that’s plenty.”

Harden spoke about Westbrook as a game-changer. That’s what he was in the third quarter, even with Portland barely able to put up a fight.

Westbrook found PJ Tucker for a 3, then Capela cutting to the basket twice for easy scores to start the third. 

He saw the ball go in the basket later in the quarter.

“Staying with it, and playing off my defense is what I want to do,” Westbrook said. “It’s how I’ve been doing all season long. … The offense will come when it comes. If it don’t, it don’t. Long as we win, that’s all I care about.”

Westbrook rested on Saturday’s game at Minnesota. Harden joked that Westbrook “better” have a big game after resting.

“That’s what he does,” Harden said. “He can change the game at any moment and that’s why he’s so special.”

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