Yesterday would mark the first game in the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets Playoff series. The last time these two ball clubs met up in the postseason was back in 2013 as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets, 4-2. This time is different as two MVP candidates will be going head-to-head in a seven-game battle. Rockets would look for revenge as both teams look to start the series off right in Houston.
Russell Westbrook would start the game off right as he drops nine points, including one 3-pointer but he would only shoot 28% from the field. He would pull down three rebounds and give out three assists. Andre Roberson would help Westbrook out as he knocks down two 3-pointers. On the other end of the floor, Patrick Beverley would chalk up eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers but it was the visiting team that would end the first quarter with a 29 to 27 lead. The Houston Rockets would go on a 32-25 run in the second period as Westbrook’s former teammate, James Harden, lights the floor up with ten points, shooting 55% from the field. 2011-2012 Most Improved Player, Ryan Anderson, would score four points, as well as Clint Capela and Nene. Russell Westbrook would collect six more points, three more rebounds and two more assists for the Thunder. Enes Kanter would come off the bench to earn himself six points but it was the Rockets that would enter halftime with a 59-54 advantage. James Harden would continue to put on a scoring display in the third quarter as he throws up thirteen additional points, along with two rebounds and five assists. Chicago-native Patrick Beverley would score eight more points, which included two 3-pointers. Roberson and Westbrook would each drop seven points for the Oklahoma team but the Rockets would end the third period holding onto a 89-74 lead. The home team would close things out in the last quarter as they go on a 29 to 13 run. Former Lakers, Lou Williams, would go for seven points. Jerami Grant and Domantas Sabonis would both come off the Thunder bench to put up four points each but it would be the Rockets who crush the Thunder with a 118 to 87 victory, taking a 1-0 lead in the series. James Harden would finish with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Russell Westbrook would end up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.