Thunder survive Rockets, claw back in series

The Oklahoma City Thunder reduced their series deficit against the Houston Rockets thanks to Russell Westbrook, while the Boston Celtics also pulled a game back in the playoffs after downing the Chicago Bulls.

Westbrook was outstanding in recording another triple-double, scoring 32 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists. This makes two consecutive playoff games where Westbrook scored a triple-double.

OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State tightened the defensive screws with star forward Kevin Durant out of the lineup, limiting Portland to 12 points in a decisive third quarter en route to a run-away victory in Game 2 of their Western Conference series.

"I don't give a (bleep) about the (stat) line", Westbrook said to reporters after the game.

Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. Thomas is expected to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago.

The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards each have two-games-to-none leads in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. Unfortunately, they found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the game by losing again in Houston with a final score of 115-111.

Houston Rockets star James Harden almost pulled off an unlikely victory for his side in game three of their playoff series against the OKC Thunder. Although many would say the Grizzlies were playing 5 against 8 as the officiating was terribly one-sided in that game. Harden finished with 44 points. I don't think Russ wants to see any more of Mr. 94 Feet in postgame highlights, by the way.

The Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder collide in Game 4 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday. Semaj Christon was used as Russell Westbrook's backup at point guard. Beal had 31 points, including a three-pointer off a Wall assist with 38 seconds remaining that helped seal the victory. Roberson was Oklahoma City's second-leading scorer with 12 points.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan adjusted his rotation for Game 3, going to a small lineup early and using Norris Cole with Westbrook off the floor instead of Semaj Christon. Thunder vs Rockets live stream is available on NBA League Pass. Thunder vs Rockets Game 2 tv channel is on TNT. But, at the very least, having Russ in the game would have given the Thunder some firepower of their own to match the Rockets.

Russell Westbrook alone took forty-one, yes forty-one shots in this game and missed all of his attempts in the fourth quarter. Most of these guys have never been in the playoffs, and even those that have don't have a good enough offensive game. Houston scored the next six points, but Oklahoma City answered with seven points in a row after that, with five from Westbrook, to extend the lead to 86-74 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter. Another big problem for Oklahoma City was their bench production compared to Houston's bench.

  • Julie Sanders