The Houston Rockets have defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-108. Relying on the small-ball lineup, the Rockets, squeeze out a game one win behind James Harden’s huge game.
The Rockets were without Russell Westbrook, tonight, as he is dealing with a quad injury, but James Harden still put on a show. The 2018 MVP put up 37 points and added 11 rebounds. Jeff Green and Eric Gordon delivered due to the absence of Westbrook. Jeff Green, who came of the bench, had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Eric Gordon also added another 21 points. Despite not having as many players come off the bench, the Rockets bench outscored the Thunder’s 42-27, making a huge difference in this ball game.
The Thunder had three players with a solid scoring night. Forward Danilo Gallinari had a great night 29 points, with 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Chris Paul almost had a triple-double with his 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Center Steven Adams, also, added another 17 points and 12 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had an off night shooting 2-8 from the floor, with only 9 points.
When asked how the Thunder will respond to Houston’s zone defense in game 2, Chris Paul said, “We-re going to figure it out. It’s a different team. You play the whole season a certain way and then you’ve got a team that switches everything. It’s Game 1. We’ve got to figure it out.”
The series will resume, with game two, on Thursday.