HOUSTON – James Harden posted 35 points as the Houston Rockets’ came back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night in game two of the Western Conference playoff First round.
The 115-111 win extends the Rockets’ lead over Oklahoma to 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
The Rockets, led by James Harden with a team-high 35 points, managed to overturn what was at one stage a 15-point deficit, denying the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook a victory as he grabbed an historic triple-double, posting an enormous 51 points (an NBA postseason record), 13 assists and 10 rebounds.
Westbrook’s individual brilliance was eventually outdone by Houston’s collective, with the Rockets able to stay within reach as the Thunder threatened to run away with the game, to complete their comeback in the fourth quarter.
The series moves to Oklahoma City for game three at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday, with game four being played on Sunday.