Coming in, you knew Westbrook had a highly favorable matchup at the point guard position, only question was whether he could take advantage of it. He did, in a big way, compiling a 19-point, 10-assist, eight-rebound game in 30 dominant minutes. He was the best player on a court filled with All-Stars.
Stats of note
-OKC’s 60 first half points were its most ever in playoff game. And it didn’t even feel like they played that well.
-Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.
-Home teams were 8-0 on opening weekend of the NBA playoffs.
The formerly friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena haven’t been good to old friend James Harden (and neither has Serge Ibaka’s right hand). Harden went 6/19 shooting (he’s now 9/35 from the field in two games at OKC this year), finishing with 20 inefficient points. Houston won’t win a game if he doesn’t play much better.
Jeremy Lin: 1/7 shooting, four points, four turnovers, five fouls and a plus/minus of -23 in 32 unimpactful minutes. But hey, at least he provided us with the strangest picture of the postseason so far:
Serge Ibaka block, Thabo Sefolosha one-hand heave, Kendrick Perkins slam. Probably the prettiest sequence of the game.
Game 2 is Wednesday in OKC.
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