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Rockets advance to the Western Conference semifinals Jersey

Messaggiodi Helena il 27 aprile 2017, 1:06

Rockets beat Thunder 105-99 to clinch their series 4-2. The ViewFromVegas is the Thunder covered as a 7.5-point road underdog and the game stayed under the betting total of 223.5. Houston was also a -380 favorite to win the series at the Westgate.
HOUSTON -- James Harden had 34 points and his supporting cast helped the Houston Rockets overcome a 47-point game by Russell Westbrook to get a 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.
The Thunder head home a year after advancing to the Western Conference finals after Houston took this series 4-1.
Thunder go -10 in 2:45 without Westbrook. That's -16 for the game without him.
Westbrook typically subs around two or three minutes left in the third. He played the whole way through. Let's see if he starts the fourth.
The Rockets used a 5-1 run, with all their points coming on free throws, to pull away from the Thunder and make it 98-91. Victor Oladipo threw a pass about 5 feet above Westbrook's head and out of bounds on the next possession and Harden made a layup on the other end with about 3 minutes left.
The Rockets began eating up the clock after that and Oklahoma City missed shot after shot that could have closed the gap.
Houston couldn't add to its lead though and the Thunder cut it to 4 points twice in the final seconds, with the second one coming on a basket by Alex Abrines. But Harden made two free throws both times they got close to secure the win.
After scoring 20 points in the third quarter, Westbrook made just 2 of 11 fourth-quarter shots in a disappointing end to a stellar season where he became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double by scoring an NBA-best 31.6 points a game, with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He also set an NBA record for most triple-doubles with 42 to help the Thunder withstand the loss of All-Star Kevin Durant in free agency.
He had 11 rebounds and nine assists to come just shy of his fourth straight triple-double in this series, but he made just 5 of a career-high 18 3-point attempts.
Houston led 51-44 at halftime
Lou Williams added 22 points and Patrick Beverley had 15 to help the Rockets get out of the first round for the second time in three seasons in front of a crowd that included Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, rapper Travis Scott and his rumored girlfriend and reality star Kylie Jenner.
Houston was up by 6 early in the third quarter before using a 7-2 spurt to make it 61-50 with about 7 minutes left in the quarter. Harden got things going in that span and Beverley capped it with four straight points.
The Thunder started rolling after that, using a 12-3 run, with seven points from Westbrook, to get within 2 with about 5 minutes left in the quarter. Houston's offense went cold in that span with its only points coming on free throws by Harden.
Five straight points by the Thunder a couple of minutes later, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Westbrook, gave the Thunder a 69-68 lead.
Harden made two free throws after that before Westbrook hit two 3-pointers in about 30 seconds to extend Oklahoma City's lead to 77-70.
The Rockets were unhappy with a few calls in the first quarter and team owner Leslie Alexander got up from his courtside seat and walked over to a referee during play late in the quarter apparently to express his displeasure before sitting back down.
The Thunder had a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter and led by 3 after a jump shot by Jerami Grant early in the quarter. The Rockets then used a 10-2 run to take an 86-81 lead with about 9 minutes left. Williams made the last eight points in that stretch, making three free throws to start it and capping it with a 3-pointer from way behind the line.
Made just 1 of 13 3-point attempts in the third quarter. ... Williams has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games. ... Houston made just 6 of 37 3-point attempts overall. ... Beverley received a technical for arguing with Westbrook in the fourth. ... Harden made 16 of 17 free throw attempts.
The Thunder and Rockets combined for just 38 points in the 1st quarter. That's tied for the lowest scoring 1st quarter this postseason (Raptors and Bucks also had 38 in Game 4).
The Rockets, who finished second in the regular season averaging 30.4 points in the first quarter, scored a playoff low 16 points against the Thunder
Billy Donovan was asked his plan if the Rockets hack Andre Roberson again: "Trust Andre." Donovan did say if it starts going poorly, then he'll make a decision, but felt he needs to show trust and belief that Roberson can step up and knock them down before making that move.
Not so much of the facilitating from Westbrook early like he did the last two games. Firing away instead: 9 points on 4-6 shooting.
Rockets forward Trevor Ariza said the team must keep the same mentality going into a close out game tonight against the Thunder. Rockets have been up 3-1 six times in their history and they've won all six series. "No different," Ariza said. "All the same mentality. You don't think ahead at all. Live in the moment."
Despite the first quarter struggles and the physical play, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll stick with Clint Capela at center and continue to bring Nene off the bench. The Rockets averaged a 30.4 points per game in the first quarter during the regular season but have slipped to a 25 points per game average during the four playoff games. "Nene can only play so many minutes so Clint has to be able to take the rest of those minutes," D'Antoni said. "We can use Ryan (Anderson) some at the five and give them a different look. It's a great learning experience for Clint there's no way he's going to come from playing four or five minutes a game to trying to lead the team to the next round. He's learning and he's been up Weston Richburg Authentic Jersey and down a little bit. I expect him to improve and we have confidence in him."
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