Rockets' comeback falls just short

Rockets' comeback falls just short
April 27, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Rockets vs. Thunder Game 3 highlights

SYNOPSIS

The Rockets dug themselves quite the hole early, being down by as much as 44-19 and down 17 at the break. However, they battled back in the second half.

Carlos Delfino helped the Rockets take the lead in the fourth quarter with over three minutes left, but they couldn’t quite finish it. The Rockets go down in a nail-biter, 104-101, that also becomes more heartbreaking because of all the effort spent in coming back. And the fact they’re now down 3-0 in the series. James Harden finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Huge shot: Francisco Garcia. Even bigger shot: Kevin Durant as part of a 41-point, 14 rebound night.

TURNING POINT

Just when it felt like the Rockets were missing all sorts of opportunities to get over the hump, Francisco Garcia hit a three with 45.2 seconds left to give Houston a 99-97 lead. And then, Kevin Durant somehow hit a trey that bounced for about four seconds on the rim before going in. Challenge answered. Hearts broken.

FROM THE FIELD

The Rockets shot 36-of-83 from the field for 43.4 percent. From the three-point line, they shot 12-of-37 (32.4 percent), although Francisco Garcia was a huge spark with his 4-of-8 performance from distance.

AT THE LINE

The Rockets shot 17-of-25 from the line. For the good game that Harden had, his free-throw shooting was abnormally off by his standards. Harden finished 10-of-15 from the stripe.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Harden had his second straight game with a tomahawk dunk. Terrence Jones was nasty in the fourth quarter in cutting the deficit to 80-78.  He also had a nice tip dunk earlier. Chandler Parsons had a flush early on.

UP NEXT

Game Four will take place on Monday night, the first time there will be only one day in between games in the series. Same game time as Game Three: 8:30p.m. The Rockets will now try to stave off elimination.