Russell Westbrook and the Rockets set a franchise record by overcoming a 25-point deficit to earn a galvanizing 109-107 home win Monday night against San Antonio.
Westbrook and superstar teammate James Harden combined for 59 points in the dramatic victory.
Russ said Houston showed more desire to win than the Spurs.
Per The AP:
The star guard didn’t speak for several seconds. He simply patted his chest several times, crediting the Rockets’ heart for the victory.
“Sometimes you’ve got to want it more than the other team,” Westbrook said. “It’s that simple. No plays or no possessions or no shots can change that.”
Houston fell behind early in a game where Harden had just nine points on 4-of-17 shooting in the first half. He warmed up after the break and finished 10 of 29.
“My confidence is never gone, no matter if I go 0 for 20 or whatever,” he said. “I’m always going to shoot the ball and be aggressive. Early my shot wasn’t falling … and then other guys stepped up.”