March 21, 2018

Second Half Comeback Gives Rockets 2-0 Series Lead

21 April 2017, 09:07 | Joan Schultz

The Thunder was the better team for most of three quarters during Game 2 but unraveled during the fourth.

The focus on Oladipo's production is magnified with no Kevin Durant in OKC. Nene Hilario was, once again, a physical presence, grabbing five boards and scoring seven points in 25 minutes off the bench.

So, kudos to Westbrook, whose play mirrors that of Michael Jordan circa 1988, for delivering an outstanding season, and more props for the continued excellence during this post season.

As for Harden, he took only four shots in the final quarter, scoring seven points.

Also during the final 2 minutes and 30 seconds that Westbrook sat in the third quarter, the Rockets went on a 12-3 run to cut the lead to three points. However, he struggled with his shot, going 6-for-23 from the field.

If Game 1 was everything the Rockets hoped it would be, Game 2 was everything everyone else hoped the whole series would be like, with Westbrook and Harden having brilliant games, leading to back-and-forth action and an emotional finish. At one point in the fourth quarter he missed eight consecutive shots. The Brodie essentially shot his team out of the game. It's all about money but I will still do my best to offer you the best LEGAL way to watch your favorite team.

Draymond Green had another fantastic all-around game, pulling in 12 rebounds, 10 assists, six points and three more blocked shots - after swatting five in Sunday's win. "I came back with Russell pretty soon". In 71% of their total regular season minutes, with Russ on the court, the Thunder shot better, scored more, played better defense, rebounded the ball better, assisted on more shots and turned the ball over less compared to when he sat down.

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Harden scored 20 points in the second half and the Rockets' bench added 24 second-half points.

"They tried to send the crowd", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

A basketball purist may complain how Westbrook marred the fourth quarter, but those two teams dueling was peak entertainment. The Rockets essentially did the same thing Wednesday, but Westbrook nearly beat them single-handedly. Although many would say the Grizzlies were playing 5 against 8 as the officiating was terribly one-sided in that game. The Thunder had multiple chances to win this game tonight.

The Thunder can't pull off the upset over the third seed in the West with Westbrook barreling his way through traffic or launching prayers from beyond the arc every possession.

This Western Conference first-round series against Houston is the Thunder's 17th postseason series since the organization relocated from Seattle in 2008.

The Thunder will have a day of rest before their next game. The fiery point guard loves big moments and this was the biggest moment of the long season. Thunder-Rockets Game 2 was the top-rated cable show Wednesday night, averaging 3.8 million viewers on TNT - a 10-percent increase from last year's coverage. Now back at home, the question is whether they can steal another one and buy time for their potential Defensive Player of the Year to get back on his feet and into this series.

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