Westbrook scores 54 in losing effort
The Oklahoma City Thunder are now on the verge of missing the 2015 NBA Playoffs after a heartbreaking 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The loss puts the Thunder in a precarious position and they must now rely on other teams to get them into that final 8th seed. A Portland loss tonight and a win by the Pelicans over the Timberwolves would effectively shut out the Thunder from the playoffs.
The league leader in double-doubles, Russell Westbrook did score the bulk of the Thunder points with 53 but it took 43 shots to get them. He also collected nine rebounds and eight assists.
“You can look at the shots, and he probably took a handful too many,” Head Coach Scott Brooks said. “A lot of them were attacks and layups and at the very end, we were making comebacks. Twice we made comebacks because of his aggressive play. Russell leaves everything on the floor. He’s not a perfect player, nor is anybody in this league, but he plays with perfect energy every night, and that’s what we look at.”
The Thunder need to win against the Portland Trailblazers tonight so be sure to get out and support your team and help cheer them on into the playoffs. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available.