By Shayden Smith
Every time I see James Harden, I receive a grim reminder that the Thunder didn’t trademark the phrase, “Fear the beard.” We could have destroyed so many Houston fans’ excitement when they wear their fake beards and cheer on the bearded assassin. Oh well, you can’t win them all. Which is the exact thing Thunder fans are saying to themselves, for the Rockets came into OKC on Friday night. Mr. Triple-double and The Beard came in as the top two candidates to win MVP, and no matter who you are, you have to agree that these guys deserve it. So who is the true MVP?
I find myself in a state of both excitement and sadness as Westbrook’s seventh straight triple-double was not enough to defeat Harden and the Rockets. The Thunder break their six game win streak, losing 102-99.
Harden and the Houston Rockets had a rough shooting night at only 39.1 percent from the field. Harden finished the night at just two of 11 from the three point line, but he also finished with 21 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, almost notching another triple-double, but Westbrook wasn’t going to let that happen. The Rockets bench played fantastic with 44 points. I found myself in tears after Sam Dekker destroyed Enes Kanter in the first quarter with a fiery dunk. I wanted to give Kanter a hug after that. Is that weird? Whatever, he needs it after Friday’s game.
The Thunder only shot 25 percent from three put came back from a 13 point deficit with incredible hustle. I don’t think I have ever screamed as loud as I did when Jerami Grant blocked Harden from scoring an easy layup. But let’s talk about everyone’s favorite ‘stache bro, Steven Adams, sorry Kanter. Adams ended the game with 24 points, off eight of nine shooting and 10 boards. Adams played fantastic but he barely saw the court in the second half. I understand that we needed to play smaller at times, but Adams could have helped the Thunder huge near the end of the game. I love you Billy and I believe in you, but… why don’t you ever play Kyle Singler? Wait, never mind.
Now what about our beloved triple-double monster? Westbrook had a historic night with his seventh triple-double in a row, tying Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson for second longest streak of all time. Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook. Sorry, but that’s just fun to say. Westbrook ended the night with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He may have shot zero of seven from beyond the arc, but it’s Russell Westbrook so we’ll let it slide.