Rockets news: Russell Westbrook defends 'taunting' act after 14th tech
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Rockets’ Russell Westbrook defends ‘taunting’ act after getting 14th tech

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If Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook is known for one thing, it’s his passion. And while that passion has served Westbrook well throughout his 12-year career, it can sometimes get him into some sticky situations.

On Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies, Westbrook received his 14th technical foul of the season after staring down Grizzlies guard De’Anthony Melton after a crafty layup.

Westbrook was in disbelief after the foul and had to be calmed down by teammate James Harden after the play.

After the game, the 31-year-old spoke with media regarding the foul per Michael Shapiro of SINow. In the interview, the Rockets star admitted that he is an emotional player but reiterated his innocence on the play.

Despite the technical foul, Westbrook was still able to drop 33 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a 140-112 blowout victory.

The former MVP was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Rockets this offseason and has picked up where he left off in OKC averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 24.6 percent from deep.

If Westbrook gets two more technical fouls this season, the veteran guard will be suspended for one game by the NBA league office.