What went wrong on the Rockets’ notorious late-game possession?

Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets have been the subject of criticism, following their late-game meltdown in Game 6.

The Houston Rockets found themselves down by two points in the waning seconds of Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinals matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Former Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul sank two free throws to give his Oklahoma City Thunder the lead, giving the Rockets possession with 13 seconds left, trailing 102-100.

The next sequence of events sealed the Rockets’ fate, as Russell Westbrook brought the ball up court and eventually turned the ball over. Westbrook had one of his worst games as a Houston Rocket, as it pertains to turning the ball over, and especially considering the stakes.

Westbrook committed seven turnovers in Game 6, after not having any turnovers in Game 5, and owned up to it after the game, stating that he would be better and that the blame falls on him for the Rockets’ turnover issues. The Thunder got the ball back, and the Rockets were forced into fouling Danilo Gallinari, who made both of his free throws, making the score 104-100, which would be the final score.

After the game, the main chatter revolved around what exactly the Rockets were trying to do on the possession after Chris Paul’s free throws, and more importantly why James Harden didn’t have the ball in his hands.

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