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

That prospect seemed impossible before an injury to Westbrook in Game 2 ended his season.

Instead of being on the court with the Thunder, as he had in every game of the franchise's history before the injury, Westbrook watched from a suite.

When he was shown on the video board early in the game, Westbrook drew a wild round of applause. He even was wearing the T-shirt placed on every seat in the arena before the game.

The reception for Houston's Patrick Beverley was completely different.

It was Beverley's steal attempt as Westbrook tried to call timeout that led to the injury a week earlier.

Beverley was booed heavily during introductions and booed every time he touched the ball for the remainder of the game.

“I tried to not hear the boos,” Beverley said.

The boos exceeded those doled out last year by Thunder fans to Metta World Peace in the playoffs after the Lakers' star caught then-Thunder star Harden with an elbow in a late regular-season game.

The Thunder cut the deficit to as little as six in the final five minutes but kept fouling Houston's Omer Asik, and Asik hit enough free throws to keep the Rockets in control.

Asik was 11 of 16 from the free-throw line in the fourth and finished with 21 points.

“That's a strategy we don't use often,” Brooks said. “We used it last year against the Spurs.

“But he hit his shots, give him credit.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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