After another brutal start to the third quarter (18-4 Houston, even with Perkins sitting), Scott Brooks went to his bench crew. And they turned this game and series completely around, finishing the quarter on a 16-5 run and the game on a dominant 41-22 run. How about these plus/minuses? Nick Collison +20, Kevin Martin +25, Derek Fisher +32.
It was over when…
…Derek Fisher (yes, Derek Fisher) stepped on the Rockets throat, following up two cold-blooded fourth quarter threes with a steal and assist to Kevin Martin for a dunk to put OKC up 15 with four minutes left. Even the generally calm Scott Brooks couldn’t contain his joy, wildly hugging Fisher as he came to the sidelines when Houston, deflated and done, called a late timeout. I’ll let Russell take it from here:
Star of the game – Kevin Durant