Los Angeles, United States (AFP) — Russell Westbrook produced one more triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a crucial 115-113 victory over the Houston Rockets within the NBA playoffs on Friday.
With the win on their residence court docket, the Thunder averted falling into an Zero-Three gap of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round collection, narrowing the deficit to 2-1.
Eastern Conference prime seeds Boston additionally clawed again from an Zero-2 deficit, beating the Bulls in Chicago 104-87 after dropping the primary two video games of their collection at residence.
“That was our only goal for this game was (to) just get the win no matter what for us to have a chance to make it a series,” the Celtics’ Jae Crowder stated.
“You go down 0-3 and it’s really, really tough for you to fight back, but we just wanted to take it one game at a time and get this game and give ourselves a chance.”
Al Horford scored 18 factors, Isaiah Thomas and Crowder added 16 every as 5 Boston gamers scored in double figures.
Dwyane Wade scored 18 factors and Jimmy Butler chipped in 14 for Chicago, however the Bulls offense appeared stagnant with out level guard Rajon Rondo, who’s sidelined indefinitely with a damaged thumb.
Butler related on simply seven of his 21 photographs from the ground and didn’t get to the free throw line.
The Bulls didn’t have a single help within the third quarter as they struggled to get their offense going.
“We’re not going to put this all on us missing Rondo because if that’s the case we might as well not show up anymore because it looks like we’re going to be missing him for awhile,” Wade stated. “We have to figure out a way to be better.”
In Oklahoma City, Westbrook turned the primary participant to notch back-to-back triple-doubles in the identical playoff collection since Jason Kidd within the 2002 Eastern Conference finals.
But even his 32 factors, 11 assists and 13 rebounds had been barely sufficient towards the Rockets, who had an opportunity to win on the buzzer just for James Harden to overlook a three-point try.
Westbrook’s second missed free throw within the waning seconds had saved the door open for the Rockets, who had tied it at 111-111 with 52 seconds to play on a Harden three-pointer.
Westbrook responded together with his first three-point try of the sport. It didn’t fall, however teammate Steven Adams was there for the tip-in that put the Thunder again in entrance.
In Salt Lake City, Los Angeles level guard Chris Paul scored 24 of his 34 factors within the second half because the Clippers rallied for a 111-106 victory over the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers took a 2-1 lead within the collection, regardless of shedding Blake Griffin to a toe harm late within the second quarter.
Griffin scored 11 factors and pulled down six rebounds earlier than departing, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated instantly after the sport that the extent of Griffin’s harm was unclear.
“We should have more news tomorrow,” Rivers stated.
DeAndre Jordan scored 17 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds and Luc Mbah a Moute added 15 factors for the Clippers, who withstood a career-high 40 factors from Utah’s Gordon Hayward.
The Clippers erased a double-digit deficit by the top of the third quarter. When they took the lead with four:01 to play they had been in entrance for the primary time for the reason that first quarter.
Paul made 4 straight baskets in a 15-Zero scoring run that put the Clippers forward 103-96 with 2:09 remaining.
The Jazz closed to 106-105 with 7.1 seconds left, however they couldn’t get again in entrance.
“We just hung in there,” Rivers stated of the important thing to the turnaround. “I thought the second half even though Blake wasn’t there we just kept playing and we just kept hanging in there.”