For the first few weeks of his stay in Houston with the Rockets, Russell Westbrook wasn’t awful. He wasn’t even bad, really. He just didn’t seem to be himself. That’s because James Harden was the star man and he was new to the team. But ever since the aforementioned Harden’s injury problems, Westbrook has been carrying them.
He did so yet again on Thursday in a 121-111 win in L.A. over the Lakers. He was the only player on the Rockets team to shoot over ten field goals (he shot 28 of them, making 17) and he scored 41 points when the dust had finally settled. Harden had just 14, while new man Robert Covington got off to a fine start with that amount as well. He hit two late-ish three-pointers to help seal the win. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 32 points and had 13 rebounds, while LeBron James was held to 18 points but had a whopping 15 assists in the defeat.