Russell Westbrook averaged 33.7 points per game in February, marking the second-best scoring month of his career. Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook capped off his best month since joining the Rockets with a 41-point performance Saturday in Boston, writes Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Westbrook averaged 33.7 points per game in February, marking the second-best scoring month of his career. He’s also displaying efficiency that wasn’t part of his game earlier in the season. Westbrook, who took just two of his 27 shots last night from beyond the arc, posted a .549 shooting percentage during the month.

“Right now, I think I’m moving in the right direction,” he said. “I’ve just got to stay locked in with what I’m doing, with my craft and what I’ve been doing since I’ve been in the league.”

The improvement in Westbrook’s game has accompanied Houston’s decision to fully commit to a small-ball approach. The decision to trade starting center Clint Capela has spaced the floor and made it easier for Westbrook to get to the basket.

“One thing he can do and one thing he’s great at is driving to the rim,” teammate Jeff Green said. “When you’re spacing the floor and you’re taking (defenders) out the middle, you’re allowing him to access the lane whenever you want. You’re playing right into his hands.”

There’s more NBA news from Texas:

  • Now that Green has signed with the Rockets for the rest of the season, he would like to make Houston his long-term home, relays Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. After playing for nine teams in his 13-year career, Green likes his new surroundings. “It’s a great city, great culture,” he said. “My wife loves it. That’s the biggest say so now in the household. As long as my wife loves it, I love playing basketball. Houston being a great city, I’d love to stay there.”
  • The Mavericks may not replay the final eight seconds of last Saturday’s loss in Atlanta even if they win their protest, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News. Owner Mark Cuban doesn’t believe it would be worth finishing the game unless it affects the team’s seeding for the playoffs. Townsend adds that the Mavs likely won’t file their evidence report in the case until shortly before the deadline of midnight Monday.
  • Luka Samanic understands that spending time in the G League is the Spurs‘ way of developing players, writes Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express News. The 19th pick in the 2019 draft, Samanic is putting up big numbers in Austin, but he hasn’t seen any playing time in the NBA. “You have to be patient and just trust what they say, and look at what everybody did before,” Samanic said. Lonnie (Walker), Dejounte (Murray) and Derrick (White). So why not me?”

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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SCORE:
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TIME:
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ATL / 23,292*
Dominique Wilkins
BK / 10,444
Brook Lopez
BOS / 26,395*
John Havlicek
CHA / 12,009
Kemba Walker
CHI / 29,277*
Michael Jordan
CLE / 23,119
LeBron James
DAL / 31,560
Dirk Nowitzki
DEN / 21,645*
Alex English
DET / 18,822*
Isiah Thomas
GSW / 17,783*
Wilt Chamberlain
HOU / 26,511*
Hakeem Olajuwon
IND / 25,279*
Reggie Miller
LAC / 12,735
Randy Smith
LAL / 33,643
Kobe Bryant
MEM / 11,733
Mike Conley
MIA / 21,556
Dwyane Wade
MIL / 14,211*
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
MIN / 19,201
Kevin Garnett
NO / 11,059
Anthony Davis
NYK / 23,665*
Patrick Ewing
OKC / 18,859
Russell Westbrook
ORL / 11,435
Dwight Howard
PHI / 21,586*
Hal Greer
PHX / 15,666
Walter Davis
POR / 18,040*
Clyde Drexler
SAC / 22,009*
Oscar Robertson
SA / 26,496
Tim Duncan
TOR / 13,296
DeMar DeRozan
UTAH / 36,374*
Karl Malone
WAS / 15,551*
Elvin Hayes

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