Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook wore down in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night. The Rockets had seven different players guard him according to ESPN Stats and Information. The Rockets’ two best defenders were Trevor Ariza and Pat Beverley in which Westbrook went 0-4 against them. “He did all he could do to try and keep them in the game (with) his aggression,” Beverley said. “(We) put a lot of pressure, tried showing him bodies and I think we did that tonight.”
December 11, 2017 | 11:06 pm EST Update
Brett Dawson: Billy Donovan says “crazy as this may sound,” he was excited by the way OKC played offensively. Liked the shots they got tonight. Said the third quarter was “not indicative of who we have been” defensively.
KC Johnson: Portis: “I mean, I don’t want to keep talking about me and Niko. We’re just playing our games, playing off each other and just trying to play within Fred’s offense. Our second unit has been clicking real well. It’s been fun.”