Rockets rock the Thunder in Game 1.
Sunday night, at the sold out red-ladened Toyota Center, the Rockets obliterated the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-87, in game 1 of the best of 7 series.
The 31 point drubbing of Westbrook and company will be short lived, as the Rockets and the Thunder will dance again on Wednesday.
These two franchises have been front and center for most of the regular season because of their respective superstars. Or superheroes. Or whatever adjective you’d like to use, to describe the best of the best.
Harden and Westbrook, childhood friends since their early teens, have been engaged in a fierce battle for the NBA MVP trophy, all the while leading their respective teams to playoff berths.
The Houston Rockets, who featured an atypical drama free regular season, secured their Western Conference 3rd seed, seemingly, since last December.
The team spent most of the regular season honing their long jumpers scoring, finding an offensive rhythm and developing defensive chemistry.
Under the tutelage of Mike D’Antoni (a shoe-in for NBA COY), the Rockets proved they can slug it out with anybody, anytime, anywhere.
Regular season wins against Golden State, San Antonio, Cleveland and OKC, were a preview of what this franchise could do, come playoff time.
Game 1 was vintage 2017 Houston Rockets basketball. Tight chaotic defense that created turnovers and subsequent easy fastbreak buckets; relentless long range shooting and some textbook defense against Russell Westbrook from Patrick Beverly.
Beverly gets the What’s The Score game MVP award on this one, not only for his full press hustle on the big ZERO, but for also dropping 21 points in the process.
In 26 minutes, Beverly scored 21 points, went 4 of 6 from behind the arc, grabbed 10 boards and snagged 2 steals.
Most importantly, he kept Westbrook to 0nly 22 points, on 6 of 23 shooting.