Rockets beat Thunder, send series back to OKC
Despite not having the services of a recovering Jeremy Lin, the Rockets had their playoff game-face on and, despite falling behind in the second quarter by double digits, they battled back in the second half to stave off elimination, 105-103. An overwhelming third quarter turned the tide. Chandler Parsons nearly had his first career triple double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Omer Asik had 17 points and 14 rebounds. On a night where James Harden had a below-average game by his standards, the other Rockets truly stepped up.
The Rockets started the second half furiously with a 10-0 run. As they did so, they wiped out a seven-point deficit. Momentum, swung.
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets shot 37-76 from the field for 48.7 percent. From distance, they were much improved, shooting 12-27 (44.4 percent).
AT THE LINE
Honestly, the Rockets were pretty respectable here, though their 79.2 percentage kind of makes it seem less so. Take out Asik’s two misses and the rest of the team only missed three free throws. As a whole, the team shot 19-24 here.
Carlos Delfino absolutely had the highlight of the night off a steal and a poster of a dunk on Kevin Durant on the other end, plus the foul. Part of Harden’s second-half awakening came as he tomahawked it early in the third quarter.
With the Rockets’ season still alive, Game Five now heads back to Oklahoma City. Game time’s a little earlier at 6pm.