This series is over.
So says history.
The Thunder took a 2-0 lead on the Rockets on Wednesday night in this best-of-7 playoff series.
In NBA history, only one out of every 16 teams that has found itself in such a hole has managed to come back and win the series.
The odds are great that the Thunder wins this series.
But on a night that the boys in blue took that significant statistical edge with a 105-102 victory, this series got interesting.
Only a couple days ago, it looked like this series was going to be a dud. The Thunder won easily in the opener and left the Rockets looking completely outmatched. How were they going to slow down Russell Westbrook? Or Kevin Durant? Or Serge Ibaka? How were they going to score on those guys?
And winning a game in the series?
That seemed laughable.
Not so much now.
“We definitely have some confidence going back home,” Rocket star James Harden said.
As well they should as this series shifts to Houston on Saturday night. The Rockets didn't lay down after that Game 1 debacle. Far from it. They came out and attacked.
Three of their first five baskets came on drives to the hoop. Chandler Parsons. Jeremy Lin. Parsons again.
The crazy thing is, the Thunder wasn't just leaving clear paths to the basket during that early onslaught. Ibaka stuffed Parsons, then altered a Harden shot. Kendrick Perkins blocked Parsons.
Despite those rejections, the Rockets just kept coming.
They pestered the Thunder, most notably Patrick Beverley who looks like he's on a mission to make Westbrook's life as miserable as possible. They crashed the boards. They seemed to grab every 50-50 ball.
“We knew they were going to come in and play much better,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “That was their major adjustment — they played much better.”
That wasn't the Rockets' only adjustment, though.
The Rockets went small, starting Beverley instead of Greg Smith. Harden admitted that they weren't sure how the small lineup would work against the Thunder, but it opened up space in the lane.
“When it gets jammed up for us offensively,” Rocket coach Kevin McHale said, “we struggle.”
That wasn't a problem Wednesday. The Rockets got to the basket time and again.
Houston's points-in-the-paint advantage: 50 to 30.
And while the small-ball lineup helped the Rockets get to the basket, it didn't hurt them on the glass. Houston out-rebounded Oklahoma City 57-40, including grabbing 21 offensive rebounds that led to 27 second-chance points.
How is that rebounding disparity possible?
Houston's smaller guys got in there and mixed it up. Harden grabbed 11 rebounds while Beverley snagged 12.
The dude is only 6-foot-1, 185 pounds.
But clearly, he isn't afraid. Then again, he's been through some tough experiences. He spent the last couple years playing overseas and was actually playing in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December when the Rockets called on him.
Going toe-to-toe against Westbrook doesn't seem so difficult for a guy who's been down a tough road like that.
Spurred by Beverley, the Rockets showed a tenacity in Game 2 that was totally absent from Game 1. It didn't earn them a coveted playoff win on the road — the Thunder got clutch plays from a bunch of different guys — but the completion of this series has changed.
“It should be a fun Game 3,” Durant said.
History says the Thunder will win in the end, but what happens between now and then should be nothing but interesting.
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