It was not an easy game for Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday but Kevin Durant and the Thunders managed to pull off a win against rivals James Harden and the Houston Rockets with the final score of 103-94.
Rockets gave their best with appreciable efforts by Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons, and undoubtedly impressive 43 minutes of play by Harden who had been ill. But in the end Durant and the Thunders took away the game from the upstart Rockets.
Durant scored 27 points which was the highest by any Thunder player in the game and played his natural aggressive game which has been a part since Westbrook went down because of a torn meniscus.
Kevin Martin also scored 25 points for the Thunders after a disappointing Game 5 performance and played much like him. 21 points were put up on the score sheet by the sharpshooting 6th man.
Reggie Jackson who had been filling in for Westbrook played his best games as a pro and scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He played a critical part in creating openings or OKC’s perimeter shooters.
The first three quarters of the game were highly doubtful with the Rockets amassing 15 unanswered points in the first quarter itself and as the second half started they put on an 18-4 burst.
Parsons was drilling three pointers from all over the place for the Rockets. He put on 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting and helped the Rockets when Harden was struggling.
The game took a turn in the third quarter when the Thunder came back with a 37-12 run and took the game away from the Rockets in the fourth quarter.
Houston being eighth seed gave Rockets a chase for their money. Though they have been eliminated this year, still there are a lot of places in place for a lot of playoff runs in the future.
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