The Thunder and Rockets approach Game 2 Wednesday night both looking to make statements. The Thunder look to increase their series lead to 2 games to none while the Rockets look to tie things up at one game apiece. As many know in any playoff series in any sport Game 2 can always go either way.
1st Quarter: The Rockets already have made adjustments following game 1 inserting guard Patrick Beverly who played a key role as a reserve in game 1 in the starting unit; Beverly assumed the starting role from Power Forward Greg Smith. With Beverly in the starting lineup the Rockets are primarily a small unit with Center Omir Asik as the only low post player. Midway through the quarter Russell Westbrook is charged with his second personal foul and will likely sit for the remainder of the quarter. The Thunder and Rockets are currently playing a tightly contested game with Rockets holding a one point advantage. Kevin Durant clearly is become the aggressor in the quarter, while he scored over 20 points in game 1, he has showed his will to score in quarter number 1 with his 15 points. James Harden and Reggie Jackson thrilled in the final seconds of the quarter as Harden scored on a layup, then allowing Reggie Jackson to connect on a 3 pointer as the shot clock expired to close the quarter.
OKC leads 29-28
2nd Quarter: Both teams come out sluggish at the start of the quarter with neither capitalizing on each team turnovers. As the quarter continues the teams appear to find rhythm and begin to settle. At the half way point Russell Westbrook seems to have injured his knee in a tie up with Patrick Beverly of the Rockets, the injury is something that will be monitored to see if it effects his play. Westbrook does however remain in the game after the injury scare. Westbrook isn’t showing any lingering effects from the injury as he explodes to the rim for a transition basket shortly after. Since the Westbrook and Beverly tie up the intensity has picked up as the teams attempt to gain an edge as the quarter closes.
OKC leads 57-55
3rd Quarter: Jeremy Lin who so far has been nonexistent in the series appears to have injured his shoulder and will be taken out of the game. The Rockets begin the 3rd quarter on 7-0 run that is capped by a thunderous James Harden dunk. The Thunder follows the Rockets run with a 13-0 run of their run sparked by Russell Westbrook allowing the Thunder to take their largest lead of the game.
OKC leads 78-72
4th Quarter: The Thunder continues their strong closing to the 3rd quarter here in the 4th as the increase the lead causing Rockets Coach Kevin McHale to call a timeout to stop the run. The timeout called by Coach McHale allowed his team to gather themselves as they find themselves on a 14-2 run closing their deficit to a single basket. The Rockets run continues and they take a 2 possession lead with 3 minutes remaining. The Thunder however will not go down easy, Kevin Durant connects on a 3 point shot then assists on another 3 pointer with Thabo Sefolosha allowing the Thunder to take the lead which they would not relinquish.
OKC wins 105-103
OKC leads series 2-0
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