Recovering from a near fourth quarter collapse, Oklahoma City held on for a 105-102 win over Houston on Wednesday night. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Struggling for a majority of the second half — 1-of-9 for four points until the closing minutes — Kevin Durant made four of the game’s biggest plays, assisting on a Serge Ibaka dunk, blocking a Chandler Parsons layup, drilling a long three and beautifully setting up Thabo Sefolosha’s dagger deep ball. Certainly not one of Durant’s better playoff performances, but one of his clutchest, helping the Thunder avoid an epic collapse in crunch time.
It was over when…
…Carlos Delfino’s 90-foot heave fell short as the final buzzer sounded, sealing OKC’s three-point win. It may have been a prayer, but so were the Rockets chances when they went down 15 early in the fourth quarter. But instead of conceding the game, Houston fought back with a wild 21-3 chance to take a late four-point lead. KD and the Thunder made the key plays down the stretch, but credit Houston for the comeback that made it interesting.
Star of the game – Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook
Neither were efficient (a combined 20/51 shooting), but both were prolific. Durant was good early and good late, Westbrook was good in the middle. Combined, it equaled one good game from OKC’s stars and just enough to hold off Houston. Shake off the bad shooting night, forget the near collapse, take the win and move on.
Unsung hero – Patrick Beverley
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