James Harden led Houston to a 102-93 victory, notching a team-high 47 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. Westbrook, who joined the Rockets this offseason, had 17 points in his 30 minutes of action, though he struggled to find a rhythm from the field (6-of-20).
Beverley has long been known as a rugged defender who goes all out on every possession, but Westbrook feels otherwise. In fact, following Wednesday game, Westbrook noted that Beverley simply “runs around doing nothing” on the defensive end:
“Pat Bev trick y’all like he play defense,” Westbrook said, via The Associated Press. “He don’t guard nobody, man. It’s just running around doing nothing. As you seen what happened — 47. All that commotion to get 47.”
— Nick Sharara (@TheProducerNick) November 14, 2019
The feud between Westbrook and Beverley goes all the way back to a playoff matchup between the Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013.
In the second quarter, Westbrook — still a member of the Thunder at that time — dribbled the ball toward the sideline, as he was looking to call a timeout. Beverley — then a member of the Rockets — wasn’t ready to let the play die just yet, though.
Staying true to his scrappy nature, Beverley made a diving steal attempt. As he sailed through the air, he sideswiped Westbrook in the leg, which caused him to come up hobbling. Though he was in clear pain, Westbrook continued to play in that game, helping Oklahoma City claim a Game 2 victory.
A few days later, an MRI revealed that Westbrook had suffered a torn meniscus, ending his iron-man streak of games played. As you might expect, he was upset. Beverley, on the other hand, simply felt that he was playing hard. In the end, Westbrook needed three surgeries to get his knee in proper shape.
That was the true beginning of their feud.
Just weeks after recovering from the aforementioned surgeries, Westbrook and Beverley met on the court again. It was March, 11, 2014, nearly a year after their last meeting. Russell and the Thunder were serving as hosts to the Rockets.
For whatever reason, Beverley went after Westbrook in an eerily similar fashion, fouling him as he was about to call a timeout. No injuries this time, but a minor scuffle ensued, which led to both teams being separated.
Once again, Westbrook was less than pleased.
In more recent years, Beverley and Westbrook got into it during the 2017 playoffs, when the Rockets beat the Thunder in the first round. Then, last season, the feud continued with Beverley in a Clippers uniform, as the two players got into another kerfuffle.
There have been plenty of heated moments in the Westbrook-Beverley feud, which seems to be alive and well to this day. Both players are ultra-competitive, and both have earned their fair share of called fouls.
Let’s take a look back at some of these on-court incidents over the years, complete with some analysis by ESPN:
Clearly, this beef is only getting better with age.