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The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a blowout loss, winning series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston Rockets as they hand the Spurs a 126 to 99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza finished with twenty-three points, four rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score twenty-one points, pull down eleven rebounds and dish off six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the second game as they hand the Rockets a blowout of their own, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would also go on to win Game 3, pulling away with a 103 to 92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up twenty-six points, six rebounds and two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden ended up with forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4, 125-104.  James Harden scored twenty-eight points, pulled down five rebounds and threw out twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  The San Antonio Spurs would pull away in the last game with an overtime win, 110 to 107.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would settle for thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.  The Houston Rockets looked to survive another game as they faced the Spurs last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the visiting team as the Spurs shot fifty-four percent from the field as a team, limiting the Rockets to forty-four percent.  LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up ten points as he crashed the boards for three defensive rebounds.  Jonathon Simmons would contribute with seven points, three of them coming from beyond the arc.  Danny Green and Pau Gasol would each be limited to four points as both of them shoot sixty-seven percent from the field.  As for the Rockets, Clint Capela would chalk up nine points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Sam Dekker would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers, giving him six points.  James Harden would play for ten minutes, only to be held at two points as the Spurs end the first quarter with a 31 to 24 lead.  Things would not get any easier for the home team as the San Antonio team would spark a huge 30-18 run in the second quarter.  During that run, Patty Mills would throw up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Both Aldridge and Simmons would drop six points as Aldridge would gather up four rebounds to go along with his performance.  Gasol would collect only two points in the quarter but he would jump up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Trevor Ariza would try to bring his Rockets team back in it as he scores six points, all coming from behind the arc.  Capela would shoot fifty percent from the field while collecting four points, along with four rebounds.  Harden would be held to only a three-pointer as the Spurs walk into halftime with a commanding 61-42 advantage.

LaMarcus Aldridge would come out of the locker room to go off for twelve points while collecting four rebounds.  Pau Gasol and bench player, Dejounte Murray, would each shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as both would earn four points in return.  On the other end of the court, Ariza would collect eight more points to add to his scoring total.  He would earn six of those from beyond the arc while collecting the other two from the free-throw line.  James Harden would try to heat up as he knocks down one three-pointer and two free throws.  Former 76ers player, Lou Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.  Patrick Beverley would be held scoreless throughout the quarter as the Spurs walk into the fourth period with a 87-64 lead.  The San Antonio Spurs would close things out in the last twelve minutes as they shoot forty-eight percent from the field as a team, limiting the home team to only fifteen percent.  Rookie Dejounte Murray would gather up seven more points as he shot sixty percent from the field.  He would also crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  Former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he gets rewarded with six points.  As for the Houston team, Eric Gordon would knock down a three-pointer, as well as bench player, Bobby Brown.  James Harden would be held scoreless in the fourth quarter as the San Antonio Spurs hand the Houston Rockets a 114-75 blowout loss, winning the series, 4-2.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with thirty-four points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Trevor Ariza finished with twenty points, five rebounds and one assist.

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The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs pull away in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Houston team as they hand the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and gave out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would settle for twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in the Game 2 as they hand the Rockets a 121 to 96 blowout loss.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would chalk up eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  San Antonio would win the third game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  In that game, LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, pulled down six rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would also put up twenty-six points, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  The Houston Rockets would come back as they defeat the Spurs in Game 4 with a 125 to 104 victory.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would settle for seventeen points, four rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 3-2 lead in the series as they faced off last night in the AT&T Center.

The game would start off right for the San Antonio team as Tony Parker’s replacement, Patty Mills, would put up eight points which would include two three-pointers.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to chalk up six points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would be limited to five points throughout the entire quarter but he would knock down a three-pointer in the process, while gathering up three rebounds and three assists.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would get hot for fifteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He would knock down three 3-pointers in the process, along with five defensive rebounds and three assists.  Former Magic player, Trevor Ariza, would nail two three-pointers while crashing the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Patrick Beverley would also put up six points, three of them coming from behind the arc but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 32-29 lead.  The Rockets would respond with a 31 to 26 run in the second quarter as they shoot sixty-one percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  Ryan Anderson would come off the bench to chalk up eight points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would collect three of those from behind the arc as he jumped up to grab three defensive rebounds.  Harden would put up eight points as he pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Clint Capela and Patrick Beverley would each contribute with five points as Beverley would earn three of his from behind the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  On the other end of the court, Leonard would shoot fifty percent from the field to collect seven points while Aldridge would help out with six points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 60-58 lead.

Kawhi Leonard would come out of the locker room to put up ten points in the third quarter as he pulls down seven rebounds.  Patty Mills would collect five more points to add to his scoring total.  He would shoot fifty percent from the field, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  As for the Houston team, Anderson would throw up seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Beverley would knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who walk into the last period with a 86-85 lead.  Houston would stay in it as former Clippers player, Eric Gordon, would receive seven points.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, nailing a three-pointer in the process.  James Harden would also gather up seven points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  Aldridge would help his Spurs team out with six points and five offensive rebounds.  With one minute left in the fourth period, both teams would be tied at 99 a piece.  James Harden would knock down two free-throws to give his team a two-point lead.  With thirty-four second left in the game, Manu Ginobili would answer with a two-point jumper to tie the game up.  James Harden would turn the ball over with eleven seconds left in the game as the Spurs call for a timeout.  Out of the timeout, Mills would drill a three-pointer to win the game but would get the shot off right after the buzzer went off, resulting in the game going into overtime.

Both teams would be held scoreless in the first three minutes in overtime until Patrick Beverley knocks down a three-pointer, off of a James Harden assist.  Jonathon Simmons would get sent to the free-throw line as he knocks down both of his foul shots, bringing the Spurs within one.  With fifty-six seconds left in the game, Danny Green would drill a three-pointer, giving the San Antonio Spurs a two-point lead.  The Rockets would quickly regain the lead, thanks to a three-pointer from Ryan Anderson.  Green would get fouled while connecting for two-point shot, sending him to the line to knock down his foul shot.  With that, the San Antonio would hold a two-point lead, forcing Houston to call a timeout.  Gordon would miss a three-point jump shot as Danny Green grabs the rebound.  He would go the free-throw line to knock down one of his two foul shots as Rockets call for a 20-second timeout.  James Harden would come out of the timeout to attempt a three-pointer but is blocked by Ginobili as the Spurs pull away with a 110-107 win.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-two points, fifteen rebounds and four assists.  James Harden would finish with thirty-three points, ten rebounds and ten assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

The Houston Rockets defeat the San Antonio Spurs, tying the series up 2-2

Last night marked the fourth game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they handed the Spurs a 126-99 blowout loss.  In that game, Trevor Ariza would score twenty-three points, pull down four rebounds and give out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  In the second game, the San Antonio team would bounce back as they beat the Rockets, 121 to 96.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  The Spurs would win the last game, as well, pulling away with a 103-92 score.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored twenty-six points, grabbed seven rebounds and pushed out two assists.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with ten rebounds and seven assists.  James Harden would chalk up forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.  Despite the unfortunate passing of Patrick Beverley’s grandfather, the Rockets looked to tie the series up last night in the Toyota Center.

The game would start off right for the Houston Rockets as they shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team, limiting the Spurs to forty percent.  James Harden would put up eight points, along with two rebounds and five assists.  Trevor Ariza would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would include one three-pointer.  He would crash the boards for two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Eric Gordon and Lou Williams would come off the bench to score five points each, both of them knocking down one three-pointer in the process.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would chalk up six points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would play for eight minutes, only to be held at three points as the home team would enter the second period with a 34-22 lead.  The Spurs would respond with a 31 to 23 run in the second quarter, though.  During that run, Leonard would get hot for eleven points, three of them coming from behind the arc.  Former Portland Trail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He would receive six points in return, all of them coming from beyond the arc.  As for the Rockets, Anderson would knock down two three-pointers to get himself six points while Harden would collect six points, as well.  James Harden would also jump up to grab two rebounds along with two assists.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would chalk up six points as the Houston team would walk into halftime with a 57-53 lead.

The Rockets would come out of the locker room to spark a 34 to 23 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Harden would throw up eleven points, nine of them coming from beyond the arc while the other two come from the free-throw line.  Former Pelicans player, Eric Gordon, would come off the bench to help out with eight points which would hold two three-pointers.  On the other end of the court, Aldridge would score ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also grab three rebounds while Pau Gasol would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points.  Jonathon Simmons would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the third period with a commanding 91-76 lead.  The Rockets would finish things off in the last quarter as Bobby Brown would come off the bench to shoot seventy-one percent from the field, collecting eleven points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc as Gordon would come off the bench to nail two three-pointers.  Simmons would try to bring his Spurs team back as he throws up eight points which would contain a three-pointer but it was the Houston Rockets that defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 125-104 score, tying the series up at 2-2.  James Harden finished with twenty-eight points, five rebounds and twelve assists.  Jonathon Simmons would finish with seventeen points (his new Playoff career-high), four rebounds, and two assists.  He would also record a Playoff career-high two steals to go along with his stat sheet.

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

The San Antonio pull away with a win against the Houston Rockets, leading the series 2-1

Last night marked the third game between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  The first game was a blowout for the Spurs as the Rockets defeated them, 126 to 99.  In that game, Trevor Ariza scored twenty-three points, pulled down four rebounds and dished off two assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and six assists.  The Spurs would bounce back in Game 2 as they hand a blowout loss to the Rockets, 121-96.  Kawhi Leonard would chalk up thirty-four, seven rebounds and eight assists.  Ryan Anderson would settle for eighteen points, eight rebounds and one assist.  Each team looked to take a 2-1 lead in the series last night as they faced each other in the Toyota Center.

In the first quarter, James Harden dropped nine points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  Former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would contribute with two three-pointers, earning himself six points.  He would also collect four rebounds and two assists as he shot fifty percent from the field.  On the other end of the court, LaMarcus Aldridge would put up six points of his own, along with three defensive rebounds.  Former Memphis player, Pau Gasol, would help out with five points which included a three-pointer but it was the home team that ended the first quarter with a 21 to 19 lead.  The Spurs would return the favor with a 24 to 18 run in the second quarter, shooting forty-six percent from the field while the Rockets would be held to thirty-five percent.  During that run, Kawhi Leonard would drop eight points, along with four rebounds and one assist.  Former Trail Blazers player, Aldridge, would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, receiving six points in return.  As for the Rockets, Ariza would knock down three 3-pointers to add nine more points to his scoring total.  While Harden would be limited to only four points in the quarter, Eric Gordon would come off the bench to contribute with a three pointer but it was the visiting team that walked into halftime with a 43-39 advantage.

In the third quarter, James Harden would get hot as he lights the floor up with fourteen points, which would contain two three-pointers.  Chicago-native, Patrick Beverley, would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field to earn himself five points.  Clint Capela and bench player, Eric Gordon, would each be limited to four points.  Trevor Ariza would play for the entire quarter, only to be held scoreless.  As for the visiting team, Leonard would chalk up nine points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  Another former PortlTrail Blazers player, Patty Mills, would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and three free-throws to earn himself six points as his Texas team would walk into the last quarter with a 72-66 lead.  The Spurs would finish things off in the fourth period as Aldridge would put up nine points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with seven points, which would contain one three-pointer and four free-throws.  James Harden would try to bring his team back in it as he goes off for sixteen points which included two three-pointers but it was the San Antonio Spurs who pull away with a 103-92 win, taking a 2-1 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-six points, ten rebounds and seven assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge would finish with twenty-six points, as well, along with seven rebounds and two assists.  James Harden would settle for forty-three points, two rebounds and five assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the next round

Tonight marked Game 5 between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff series.  This has been one of the most talked about series as this matchup features the top two candidates for this year’s MVP.  Game 1 would be a victory for the Rockets as they hand the Thunder a 118-87 loss.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and gave out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook would put up twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  Houston would go on to win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 115 to 111 score.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook would end up with fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  In Game 3, the Thunder would manage to escape with a 115-113 victory over the Texas team.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden would put up forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The last game would be a win for the Rockets as they slip away with a 113 to 109 victory.  Nene would end up with twenty-eight points, ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would score thirty-five points, pull down fourteen rebounds and dished off fourteen assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look avoid getting bumped out of the Playoffs as they hope pull a win tonight in Houston.

The game would start off right for the Oklahoma team as six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would light the floor up with thirteen points which would include one 3-pointer.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he puts up four points.  On the other end of the court, James Harden would help his team out by putting up four points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing off two assists but it was the Thunder who end the first quarter with a 22 to 16 lead.  The Rockets would spark a 35-22 run in the second period as Patrick Beverley would score seven points, which would include one three-pointer.  The 2011-2012 Sixth Man, James Harden, would also throw up seven points which held one three-pointer.  Lou Williams would come off the bench to chalk up seven points, as well, along with three rebounds.  As for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Victor Oladipo would drop five points, collecting three of those from behind the arc.  MVP candidate, Russell Westbrook, would also drop five points and three assists.  Former 76ers player, Jerami Grant, would come off the bench to contribute with five points of his own, containing one three-pointer but it was the home team who would enter halftime with a 51-44 advantage.

The Thunder would not shy away from the challenge as they go on a 33 to 21 run in the third quarter, shooting fifty-two percent from the field while limiting the Rockets to twenty-three percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would go off for twenty points, collecting twelve of those from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field, while grabbing five rebounds and giving out three assists.  James Harden would try to keep his Houston team in it as he drops ten points, including one three-pointer.  He would only shoot twenty-two percent from the field, but he would collect three rebounds and give out one assist.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would come off the bench to put up six points but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that regain the lead and walk into the last quarter with a 77-72 score.  The fourth quarter would look bright for the Rockets as Harden drops thirteen points while Williams comes off the bench to contribute with twelve points, including one three-pointer.  Westbrook would earn nine points, four rebounds and two assists to add to his stat sheet but it was the Houston Rockets who would bounce back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning the series 4-1.  James Harden finished with thirty-four points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with forty-seven points, eleven rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and nine assists.

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

The Houston Rockets defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 3-1 lead in series

Tonight would mark the fourth game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets in their playoff series.  This series has been the most hyped up series in the Playoffs, as it has been presenting the top-two MVP candidates going head-to-head.  Game 1 was a victory for the Houston Rockets as they serve the Thunder a 118 to 87 blowout.  James Harden scored thirty-seven points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished off nine assists.  Russell Westbrook ended up with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Rockets would host the Thunder again in Game 2 as they pull away with a 115-111 win.  In that game, James Harden put up thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.  Russell Westbrook earned fifty-one points, ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  The last game came down to the wire as the Thunder would defeat the Rockets in Oklahoma City, 115 to 113.  Russell Westbrook finished with thirty-two points, twelve rebounds and eleven assists.  James Harden collected forty-four points, six rebounds and six assists.  The Oklahoma City Thunder would look to even the series up in Oklahoma tonight.

The Thunder started the game off on a good foot as they shot fifty percent from the field, limiting the Rockets to thirty percent.  Steven Adams scored six points, along with two rebounds and two blocks.  Russell Westbrook would also drop six points and collect five rebounds and four assists to go along with it.  On the other end, Trevor Ariza would put up eight points, which would include one 3-pointer but it was the Oklahoma City Thunder that ended the first period with a 26 to 22 lead.  In the next quarter, both teams would keep the score close as they each record thirty-two points.  Six-time All-Star, Russell Westbrook, would chalk up eleven points, five rebounds, six assists and one block.  Steven Adams would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself six points.  Eric Gordon would come off the Rockets bench to drop eight points, which would contain two 3-pointers.  Former Wizards player, Nene, would also come off the bench to score eight points, as well.  Bench player, Lou Williams, would also contribute with seven points but it was the Thunder that went into halftime with a 58-54 advantage.  Russell Westbrook would finish the half with seventeen points, ten rebounds and ten assists, the fastest postseason triple-double in the last twenty seasons.

The third period would be no different from the second as both teams would chalk up a total of nineteen points in the quarter.  Maryland-native, Victor Oladipo, would throw up six points while going up for one rebound.  Steven Adams would receive five more points to add to his scoring total, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Westbrook would play for nine minutes, only to be held scoreless after attempting six shots.  As far as the Texas team, Nene would score four points, while gobbling up two rebounds and giving out one assist.  Another former Wizards player, Trevor Ariza, would knock down a 3-pointer and crash the boards for two rebounds but it was the home team that ended the third period with a 77-73 lead.  Houston would go on a 40 to 32 run in the last quarter as Nene would chalk up ten points, shooting one-hundred percent from the field.  The 2014-2015 Sixth Man, Lou Williams, would drop nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  Westbrook would try to keep his team ahead as he goes off for eighteen points, three of those coming from behind the arc.  After a total of six lead changes and five game ties, the Houston Rockets would eventually come back and close the game out with a 113 to 109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Nene would finish with twenty-eight points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would end with thirty-five points, fourteen rebounds (tying his Playoff career-high) and fourteen assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

The Oklahoma City Thunder slip away with a victory against the Houston Rockets, preventing Houston to take a 3-0 lead in series

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.

The Houston Rockets escape with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking 2-0 lead in the series

The Houston Rockets escape with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking 2-0 lead in the series

Tonight marked the second game in the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets Playoff series.  Game 1 would end with a 118-87 blowout victory for the Houston team.  In that game, James Harden scored thirty-seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and threw out nine assists.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-two points, eleven rebounds and seven assists.  The Thunder would look to tie the series up tonight in Houston.

The first quarter belonged to Russell Westbrook as he goes off for twelve points, shooting 62% from the field.  He would also pull down six rebounds and dish out four assists.  Former Bulls player, Taj Gibson, would contribute as he scores eight points and crashes the boards for three rebounds.  On the other end, Lou Williams would chalk up eight points but it was the visiting team that ended the first quarter with a 35 to 26 lead.  Houston would not shy away from the challenge being presented to them as former Thunder player, James Harden, drops nine points, seven of them coming from the free-throw line.  Lou Williams would collect eight more points, shooting 60% from the field.  Russell Westbrook would continue to put on a performance as he would chalk up ten more points, two rebounds and six assists.  Doug McDermott would come off the Oklahoma City bench to collect eight points, which contained two 3-pointers as the Thunder go into halftime with a 68-62 lead.  The Rockets would go on a 24 to 21 run in the third period as Harden throws up twelve points, six coming up beyond the arc.  He would also pull down three rebounds and dish off one assist.  Former Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and bench player Eric Gordon would both score four points each to help the Rockets’ star player out.  As for the Oklahoma City team, Westbrook would continue to show off his scoring skills as he goes for fourteen additional points, including one 3-pointer.  He would only be limited to one assist and one rebound in the third quarter, though, as the Houston team cuts into the lead, trailing 89-86 at the end of the third.  The Texas team would come back and close things out in the last period as Eric Gordon adds eleven more points to his scoring total, shooting 57% from the field.  Westbrook would drop fifteen more points but it was the Houston Rockets who slip away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115 to 111, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Russell Westbrook would finish with fifty-one points (his new Playoff career-high), ten rebounds and thirteen assists.  His triple-double tonight would set the record for highest-scoring playoff triple-double in NBA history.  James Harden would finish with thirty-five points, four rebounds and eight assists.

Houston Rockets blow past the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 1-0 lead in series

Houston Rockets blow past the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 1-0 lead in series

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.