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Oklahoma City Thunder: Rockets win Game 4 to keep series alive

The Houston Rockets kept their season alive Monday night with a 105-103 victory over the Thunder, earned when Serge Ibaka missed an easy follow shot just as the buzzer sounded.
by Berry Tramel Modified: April 29, 2013 at 11:49 pm •  Published: April 29, 2013

— The Thunder is coming home, but not the way it wanted to.

The Houston Rockets kept their season alive Monday night with a 105-103 victory over the Thunder, earned when Serge Ibaka missed an easy follow shot just as the buzzer sounded.

The Thunder still leads the NBA Western Conference playoff series three games to one, with Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

But the Thunder could have closed it out at the Toyota Center. After leading by 13 points in the second quarter and trailing by 13 points in the third quarter, the Thunder clawed back and had two chances to tie in the waning seconds.

With Houston leading 105-103, Kevin Durant was called for a charging foul with 35.9 seconds left.

But after Rocket star James Harden missed a 20-foot shot, the Thunder had one more possession. Reggie Jackson drove into the lane as the clock ticked down. Houston center Omer Asik blocked Jackson's path.

Jackson threw up a desperation shot that bounced off and into the hands of Ibaka under the basket. But Ibaka short-armed the follow shot, and Houston had a victory.

Durant was sensational for the second straight game without all-star sidekick Russell Westbrook. Durant had 38 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Thunder also got 18 points from Jackson, 16 from Kevin Martin and 12 from Derek Fisher.

The Rockets got 27 points from Chandler Parsons, 17 from Omer Asik, 16 from Patrick Beverley, 15 from Harden and 13 from Carlos Delfino.

The winner of the Thunder-Rocket series advances to the Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Memphis Grizzlies series. Those teams are tied 2-2, with Game 5 Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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