Russell Westbrook claims to be “encouraged,” this despite Houston having dropped three in a row.
Westbrook and co-star James Harden pointed to the Rockets’ poor defensive effort in a 137-123 loss Sunday night to the visiting Dallas Mavericks.
Luka Doncic torched H-Town for 41 points, six rebounds and 10 assists.
Per The AP:
James Harden was asked what Houston did wrong defensively.
“Everything,” he said. “We allowed them to do whatever they wanted to do from the beginning of the game and when you give a team like that comfort … they gain confidence. And that’s what they did.”
The Mavericks has won five straight, scoring at least 137 in the last three. Houston has lost three straight after winning eight in a row.
“This is a big win. There’s no question about that,” [Rick] Carlisle said. “You come in here, this is a big-time place to play and you’re playing against great players. So our guys deserve credit but this is a process and it’s day by day and week by week and we’ve got to continue to go for daily improvement.”