Down 3-0 in the first-round Western Conference series and facing elimination, the Houston Rockets took charge from the start of the game and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-103 on Monday in Houston, forcing a game five in Oklahoma City.
Chandler Parsons led the way for the Rockets, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists. Omar Asik was not far behind with 17 points, 14 rebounds and one assist. Kevin Durant scored 38 points for the Thunder with eight rebounds and six assists.
In the first quarter, the Rockets did everything they could to defend Kevin Durant. He did not get his first shot until there was 6:18 left in the quarter. The Thunder could not stop turning the ball over, and the Rockets scored 12 points off of those turnovers.
The Thunder were able to come back in the second quarter, even outscoring the Rockets 36-24, but the Rockets ended the second quarter on an 8-2 run and took the momentum with them into halftime.
OKC was given a scare when Durant went sliding into the scorer’s table chasing a loose ball. He got up clutching his right wrist, but was able to return. The team lost All-Star Russell Westbrook for the remainder of the playoffs in game two to a meniscus tear in his knee. He had surgery in Vail, CO on Saturday and is expected to fully recover.
Houston almost lost the game at the end of the fourth quarter. Durant quickly scored five points and Houston’s James Harden missed two more shots to give the Thunder one more chance to achieve the sweep. OKC’s Reggie Jackson missed his jump shot; Serge Ibaka grabbed the rebound and missed the easy layup that would have sent the game to overtime.
Game 5 will be in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, May 1 at 8:30 p.m. CT.