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Oklahoma City Thunder: Houston wins Game 5 to keep series alive

With Russell Westbrook still out of action but back watching his teammates play, Kevin Durant carried the Thunder but it wasn't enough as Houston stayed alive with a 107-100 win in front of 18,203 in Game 5.
by Ryan Aber Modified: May 2, 2013 at 12:08 am •  Published: May 1, 2013

Kevin Durant thrilled the crowd for three quarters at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night.

It took awhile for the other Thunder players to get around to it, though.

By that time, it was too late.

With Russell Westbrook still out of action but back watching his teammates play, Durant carried the Thunder but it wasn't enough as Houston stayed alive with a 107-100 win in front of 18,203 in Game 5.

Durant scored 36 but was held scoreless in the final quarter and picked up a technical foul in the final minute as the frustration started to show.

The rest of the Thunder players shot just 25 for 63 from the floor.

The Thunder was just 8 of 33 from behind the 3-point line while Houston hit 14 3-pointers.

“That's a bad combination when they're hitting threes and we're not hitting threes,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

Former Thunder star James Harden, who was said to be a game-time decision earlier in the day with flu-like symptoms, scored 31 for the Rockets.

“All together, we've got to do a better job of bringing more energy on the defensive end,” Durant said. “The offense will take care of itself.”

Harden missed the Rockets' shootaround, and he spent most of the day sleeping before helping Houston stay alive with the win.

The series resumes with Game 6 at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Houston (ESPN2). If the Thunder loses that one, they would return home for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday, facing the prospect of becoming the first team in NBA history to lose a series after leading 3-0.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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