The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a heartbreaker in game 2 to the Houston Rockets, 115-111. It was a big night for Russell Westbrook, but not near enough help from his teammates led to the blown lead late in the fourth. Here are some interesting numbers from tonight’s game:
Harden was a mastermind all night at getting the foul calls, leading to 20 free throw attempts. He attempted over half of his team’s free throw attempts, and methodically killed Oklahoma City all night.
It was the total opposite from game 1, as Oklahoma City out-rebounded Houston by 11 total rebounds in game two. It was a big reason the Thunder led for most of the game, and it is one of their biggest strengths in this series.
The Oklahoma City bench is a big reason why they blew the lead in the fourth quarter, and the box score just makes it even harder to look at. The Thunder’s bench was a combined -64. If Oklahoma City wants any chance at this series, the bench is going to have to be way better than they were tonight.
Victor Oladipo’s outside shooting woes continued, as he shot 14 percent from beyond the arc tonight. As pointed out by our very own Brady Trantham’s video, Oladipo is the X factor in this series and that is proven true. It is no coincidence that Oklahoma City has lost the first two games of this series, along with Victor’s poor play.
Russell Westbrook did everything in his power to will his team to the win tonight, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Even with the loss, he put up an insane stat line tonight; in fact, it has never been done in the playoffs before tonight. He put up a 50-point triple-double, first ever in the NBA playoffs. He finished with a total of 51 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
Before Russell Westbrook checked out with 2:21 left in the third, Oklahoma City was up 12 points. Then, it was pretty much all down hill from there. The Thunder had a huge meltdown with Westbrook on the bench, with the Rockets going on a 12 to three run in less than 90 seconds.
Enes Kanter played only a total of seven minutes tonight. Kanter, who has been playing over 20 minutes a game this season, has quickly became unplayable versus Houston because of his defense. He only played briefly when Harden was on the bench. His defense was better tonight, but just not good enough to stay on the floor. It is nice to see Billy Donovan unbothered to make adjustments, as that is what he will have to keep doing for Oklahoma City to get back on track in this series.
The Thunder’s starting frontcourt was huge tonight, were a combined +35, and way better than what we saw in game one. Especially Steven Adams, who was huge defensively when he was on the floor and not in foul trouble. This is a bright spot going forward, as the Rockets struggled to score consistently when either Gibson or Adams were on the floor. If those two can avoid foul trouble unlike tonight, then that could be huge in the next two games at home.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!