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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.

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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.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would sneak away with a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Oklahoma City Thunder would sneak away with a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves

Tonight will mark the fourth and final time that the 46-34 Oklahoma City Thunder and the 31-49 Minnesota Timberwolves battle each other on the basketball court.  The first game was played on November 5 in Oklahoma as the home team would win with a huge 112-92 score.  In that game, Russell Westbrook would earn twenty-eight points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns would end with thirty-three points and six rebounds.  The second meeting was held on Christmas Day in the Chesapeake Energy Arena as the Thunder team would pull away with a 112 to 100 win.  Russell Westbrook would score thirty-one points, grab seven rebounds and dish out fifteen assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns would score twenty-six points and grab eight rebounds.  The last time they faced each other was on January 13 in Minnesota as the home team would sneak away with a 96-86 win.  Karl-Anthony Towns would collect twenty-nine points, seventeen rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would collect twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and twelve assists.  Enes Kanter would collect twenty-one points, eight rebounds and two assists.  The Timberwolves would look to end the regular season series with a 2-2 even record.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would start the game off hot as former Pistons player, Kyle Singler, scores nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  The first-round pick in the 2016 draft, Domantas Sabonis, would drop six points, as well as Steven Adams.  The 2016 Rookie of the Year, Karl-Anthony Towns, would score four points for his home team but it would still be the Thunder who ended the first quarter holding onto a large 33-16 lead.  Things would start to look slightly bright for the Timberwolves as Towns would drop eight more points.  Gorgui Dieng, Ricky Rubio and Shabazz Muhammad would each go for four points but it was still the visiting team that would go into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.  The third period belonged to Minnesota as they would go on a 29 to 15 run.  Dieng would add nine points to his scoring total as the 2015 Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, would drop eight points.  Rubio would also come through with five points along with Towns’ four points as the home team would finally grab a 72-71 lead at the end of the third.  Karl-Anthony Towns would chalk up ten points in the last quarter while former Magic player, Victor Oladipo, would put up nine points for the Thunder team.  With only 44 seconds left in the game, the Timberwolves would lead 98-97.  Two-time NBA champion, Norris Cole, would be sent to the free-throw as he knocks down only one of his foul shots, tying the game up at 98.  After Minnesota calls a 20-second time-out, Towns would miss a lay-up as Oladipo would make a 21-foot jump shot on the other end to give his team a 100-98 lead.  The Timberwolves would be forced to call another time-out.  Once they come out of the time-out, Wiggins would attempt a three-point shot but it would not go in as the Oklahoma City Thunder would crawl away with a 100 to 98 win.  Victor Oladipo would finish with twenty points, nine rebounds and six assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns would end with twenty-six points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would not play in this game.

Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season as Thunder defeat Nuggets in a close game

Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season as Thunder defeat Nuggets in a close game

Russell Westbrook (31.7 PPG, 10.7 RPG and 10.4 APG) is one triple-double away from passing Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season.  The 45-34 Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Colorado to take on the 38-41 Denver Nuggets. These two clubs have met up twice already this season, leaving two more match-ups left.  The first game took place on November 25 in Denver as the Thunder would sneak away with a 132-129 win in overtime.  In that game, Russell Westbrook would get thirty-six points, eleven rebounds and seventeen assists.  Wilson Chandler would score thirty-two points, eleven rebounds and four assists.  The second meeting would take place on January 7 in Oklahoma City as the home team won, 121 to 106.  Westbrook would score thirty-two points, grab seventeen rebounds and dish off eleven assists.  Wilson Chandler would go to score twenty-four points, grab eight rebounds and dish off two assists.  The Thunder would look to earn another win against this struggling team in the Pepsi Center tonight.

In the first quarter, Danilo Gallinari would start off hot by dropping twelve points, including two 3-pointers.  On the other end, both Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook would post up six points but former Jazz player Enes Kanter would come off the bench to help the team by scoring nine points.  Despite his poor shooting performance in the first, Westbrook would earn five rebounds and three assists to make up for it.  It would be a tight game as the Thunder end the quarter holding onto a 27 to 26 lead.  The six-time All Star Russell Westbrook will come alive in the second period as he drops seventeen points, including one 3-pointer.  He would also add seven rebounds and three assists along with it.  But Nikola Jokic would help the home team out by shooting 66% from the field, earning himself seven points, which would contain a 3-pointer, as well.  The Colorado team would head into the locker room at halftime with a 53-52 lead.  The third period belonged to the Nuggets as the first round pick in the 2008 draft, Danilo Gallinari, would go off for twenty-two points, including two 3-pointers.  Even though Russell Westbrook would earn nine points, one rebound and three assist, it would be the home team that enters the fourth quarter with a 91-81 lead.  Oklahoma City Thunder would come back as they go on a huge 25 to 14 run.  Westbrook would go for eighteen more points, along with three rebounds and one assist.  But the Denver team would not go away as Emmanuel Mudiay comes off the bench to drop eight points.  With 47 seconds left in the game and Nuggets carrying a 105-98 lead, Westbrook would go to the free throw line as he was fouled on a 3-point attempt.  He would make all three of his foul shots, bringing his team within four.  After Chandler turns the ball over, Westbrook would take it in on the other end for a driving lay up, cutting the deficit to two.  With only two seconds left on the game clock and the Thunder down by two, Russell Westbrook would knock down a 36-foot three-point jumper to win the game 106 to 105.  Russell Westbrook would pass Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a regular season (42 triple-doubles total).  Westbrook would end the game with fifty points, sixteen rebounds and ten assists.  This would be fifth 50-point game of his career.  Danilo Gallinari would finish with thirty-four points, ten rebounds and three assists.  Following this loss, the Denver Nuggets will be eliminated from playoff contention for fourth consecutive season.