The Oklahoma City Thunder have taken game two from the Houston Rockets 117-114. Once again, it was close throughout with the Rockets pulling away at the end. The Thunder’s guards shined again tonight. Going into the half, the game was all tied up at 60. Both teams almost had the same shooting percentage, at the break, with Oklahoma City shooting 47.8 percent and Houston shooting 47.7 percent. However, Houston did go on a run, but the Thunder pulled away in the end.
Point guard Chris Paul put up 26 points tonight and added another 6 rebounds. He shot 52 percent from the floor, but did not hit a three tonight, going 0-5. Dennis Schroder, who came off the bench again, added another 30 points, and 3 rebounds. He shot 62 percent in the game, and hit four shots from deep. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a great rebounding game snagging in 12. He put up another 17 points in a great effort to secure a win.
James Harden put up the most points, by far, for the Rockets with 32. He dished out 15 assists as well. Despite contributing all-around, Harden did turn the ball over 6 times, eventually, hurting is team in the long run. Eric Gordon had 23 points, shooting 8-15 in the loss. He did hit more three tonight then he did in the previous two games combined. Danuel House Jr put up another 21 points, while P.J. Tucker grabbed in another 11 rebounds. Despite solid play all-around from the Rockets it just wasn’t enough.
Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said this about his team, “I think a lot of these guys understand now, there’s so many possessions in an NBA game. There’s so much time and people are playing so much faster. Leads that years ago may have seemed like a really, really difficult hill to climb are certainly attainable to get back into the game.”
Game 5 will be played on Wednesday with one team looking to pull away in the series, and become one game shy of moving on in the 2020 NBA playoffs.