Three-time scoring champ and four-time All-Star Kevin Durant played all but 44 seconds of Game 3, often assuming Westbrook's role at the point en route to tying a career playoff high of 41 points and adding 14 rebounds.
“It would be great, of course, to get a sweep,” Durant said Sunday, “but we know how tough it is to close out a series. We know it's going to be the toughest game of the series (Monday). They're just going to come out there and play freely. That's what they've been doing. They're going to try to take it back to OKC (for Game 5 on Wednesday).”
Predictably, every person interviewed before Sunday's practice at Rice's Tudor Fieldhouse refused to get carried away about the possibility of a sweep.
“For us right now, it's not about looking ahead,” Fisher said. “But when you have an opportunity to close a team out, it's important to find a way to do so. It's the NBA. The Rockets are not going to quit. So it'll be up to us to find a way to win the game and beat them and not expect them to walk out on the court and lay down.”