The Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to defeat the Houston Rockets, 115-113, Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Rockets now lead the best-of-seven series; 2-1.
Tonight’s victors led most of the game. The Thunder finished the first half with a 7 point lead; 65-58. They led at the end of the third period; 93-83. The Rockets came storming back in the final quarter with a 7-0 run to begin the period.
The game was tight the remainder of the way. The Thunder withstood a determined Rockets squad, who came back to tie the game with only 52 seconds remaining. Oklahoma City hung on for the thrilling win in front of their home court faithful.
Guard Russel Westbrook posted a triple-double for the game. He finished with 39 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. This makes two consecutive playoff games where Westbrook scored a triple-double. In that game, his stats were 51 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists.
Rockets guard, James Harden, led all scorers with 44 points. Forward Trevor Ariza grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Rockets.
The Rockets, who led the NBA in 3-point scoring this season, could not sink their threes in the fourth.
It came down to who could make free throws when it counted. Harden made 18 of 18, but it was not enough, as the Thunder posted their first playoff win this year.
With this win, the Thunder have clawed their way back into this series. The teams will meet again in Oklahoma City, on Sunday, April 23.
Written by D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
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