Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 29 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.
Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 to play, and the Thunder didn’t relinquish the lead after that. Durant missed a free throw with 1 second left, but Houston was out of timeouts and Carlos Delfino couldn’t connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer. James Harden scored 36 points and spearheaded a 21-2 comeback that wiped away the big deficit and put the Rockets up 95-91.
Indiana 113, Atlanta 98: Paul George followed his triple-double by scoring a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana past Atlanta 113-98. The Pacers lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-0 and have won four straight home games over the Hawks.
It’s the first time Indiana has held a 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals. George, playing in his first game since being named the league’s Most Improved Player, was 11 of 21 from the field, had eight rebounds, three assists and four steals and again played well defensively. George Hill had 22 points.