Derek Fisher drilled a three in closing minutes, one of his five on the night, and cut the Rockets dwindling lead to three. Except he didn’t, as it was shown on replay moments later that the shot clock buzzer went off right before Fisher released it. Points off the boards. Houston still up six. And that nullification would prove to be huge, as Kevin Durant’s valiant comeback effort fell two points short.
It was over when…
…Reggie Jackson crashed through the lane, moments after receiving the ball from a double-teamed Durant, and missed a contested layup in the final seconds with the Thunder trailing by two. Serge Ibaka had a relatively easy shot at a putback right before the buzzer, but left it short, giving Houston its first win of the series.
Star of the game – Chandler Parsons
James Harden was awful, going 4/12 shooting with five fouls and a career-high 10 turnovers. Knowing that, you’d think the Rockets would have lost by 20. But Chandler Parsons played the most important game of his career, matching Kevin Durant (who was incredible) play-for-play and finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Great performance when his team needed him most. Houston will likely bow out soon, but Parsons has emerged as one of the league’s emerging stars.
Player of game – Kevin Durant
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