The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 21, 2013

Thunder win Game 1


Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —  Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed ex-teammate James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

After letting Houston wipe away an 11-point deficit in the first half, the Thunder regained control with a 14-1 surge just before halftime and kept pouring it on.

Just after a fan nailed a half-court shot to win $20,000 in the break after the third quarter, Durant drove for a two-handed slam while getting fouled and Oklahoma City was soon up by 30.

Harden, playing against the team that traded him away just before the season started, had 20 points but the league’s second-highest scoring offense was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

 

THUNDER 120, ROCKETS 91

HOUSTON (91) — Parsons 4-11 0-0 9, Smith 2-4 2-4 6, Asik 4-9 1-4 9, Lin 1-7 2-2 4,  Harden 6-19 7-7 20, Delfino 4-10 0-0 10, Beverley 4-10 1-1 11,  T.Jones 2-7 0-2 4, Brooks 2-6 1-1 5, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0,  Garcia 2-4 2-2 8, Motiejunas 2-2 1-1 5. Totals 33-91 17-24 91.

OKLAHOMA CITY (120) — Durant 7-15 9-9 24, Ibaka 7-11 2-4 17, Perkins 2-4 0-0 4,  Westbrook 7-15 4-4 19, Sefolosha 3-5 2-2 9, Martin 5-15 4-5 16,  Jackson 4-7 0-0 9, Collison 4-4 0-0 8, Fisher 3-4 0-0 9,  Brewer 0-0 0-0 0, Liggins 1-1 1-4 3, P.Jones 0-1 0-0 0,  Thabeet 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 44-83 22-28 120.

Houston    19    28    19    25    —    91

Oklahoma City    26    34    29    31    —    120



3-Point Goals—Houston 8-36 (Garcia 2-3, Beverley 2-5, Delfino 2-7,  Parsons 1-5, Harden 1-6, Brooks 0-2, T.Jones 0-2, Anderson 0-2, Lin  0-4), Oklahoma City 10-24 (Fisher 3-4, Martin 2-6, Jackson 1-2,  Westbrook 1-2, Ibaka 1-2, Sefolosha 1-3, Durant 1-5). Fouled Out—None.  Rebounds—Houston 52 (T.Jones 8), Oklahoma City 58 (Westbrook 8).  Assists—Houston 17 (Lin, Beverley 4), Oklahoma City 28 (Westbrook 10).  Total Fouls—Houston 26, Oklahoma City 24. Technicals—Houston defensive  three second. A—18,203 (18,203).