Last night marked Game 3 between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series. The last two games didn’t go as planned for the Thunder as the Rockets defeated them in both Game 1 and Game 2. Game 1 was a blowout as Houston left with a 118-87 win. James Harden finished with thirty-seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists. The Rockets would barely win Game 2 as they slip away with a 115 to 111 victory. In that game, James Harden scored thirty-five points, pulled down four rebounds and dished out eight assists. Russell Westbrook ended up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists. The Rockets looked to take a 3-0 in the series last night as they faced the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The game would start off right for the Thunder as Taj Gibson lights the floor up with twelve points, shooting 86% from the field. The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Andre Roberson, would shoot a perfect 100% from the field, earning himself nine points. Russell Westbrook would be limited to only six points but would crash the boards for four rebounds and give out four assists. On the other end, James Harden would chalk up nine points and five assists but it was the home team that ended the first period with a 34 to 25 lead. Things would start to look good for the visiting team as Lou Williams comes off the bench to drop twelve points, which included three 3-pointers. James Harden shot 50% from the field, adding eleven points to his scoring total. Former Magic player, Victor Oladipo, would throw up eight points to help the Thunder out, which would include two 3-pointers. Westbrook would score eight points, as well, four coming from the free-throw line as Oklahoma City walks into halftime with a 65-58 advantage.
Russell Westbrook would come out of the locker room after halftime to chalk up nine points in the third quarter, along with three rebounds and three assists. Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would collect six more additional points to add to his scoring total. As for the visiting team, James Harden would try to bring the Rockets closer as he drops eleven points, three of those coming from beyond the arc. Eric Gordon would come off the Houston bench to contribute with five points but it was the Thunder who would end the third period with a 93-83 lead. The Houston Rockets would try to climb back as they go on a 30 to 22 run in the last quarter. Within that run, Harden would go off for thirteen points, containing two 3-pointers. California-native Ryan Anderson, would try to help out with six points and three rebounds, while Lou Williams comes off the bench to earn six points of his own. With 52 seconds left in the game, James Harden would connect for a three-pointer, tying the game up at 111. After Westbrook’s pull-up three-pointer failed to go in, Steven Adams would tip the shot into the basket, giving the home team a two-point lead. After the time out, James Harden would attempt a three-pointer but wouldn’t go in as Westbrook grabs the rebounds and gets intentionally fouled. Russell Westbrook would miss the first free-throw but would connect for the second one, bumping the score up to 114-111. After Harden knocks down two free-throws to bring his team within one, Westbrook is fouled again with eight seconds left. Westbrook would knock down one of the two foul shots, giving the Thunder a two-point advantage. James Harden would attempt a three-pointer to win the game but would fail to connect as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets, making the series 2-1. Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-two points, thirteen rebounds and eleven assists. James Harden ended up with forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.