Westbrook turned the ball over on a critical possession and lost his man on the opposite end of the floor
The Houston Rockets absorbed several blows but came out on top of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 113-109, on Sunday. The Rockets now lead the series, 3-1, with a potentially deciding Game 5 headed back to Houston.
But it took a roller-coaster ride in the game’s final moments to get there, and that ride featured another Oklahoma City late-game meltdown.
Of the Thunder’s fourth-quarter blunders, none was more pronounced than head coach Billy Donovan’s decision to leave Andre Roberson — a 42 percent free throw shooter — in the game while the Rockets employed a Hack-a-Shaq. In just over one minute, from the 4:11 mark to 3:02 in the fourth, Roberson missed six of his eight free throw attempts as Houston’s bench chuckled at his charity stripe woes.
The Rockets outscored the Thunder, 40-32, in the fourth quarter and were able to prevent Oklahoma City from getting any offense by sending Roberson to the line.
With a minute remaining and the Thunder down just three, Westbrook Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys turned the ball over on a critical possession and lost his man on the opposite end of the floor. That led to a Harden step-back, mid-range jump shot that extended the Rockets’ lead to five.
Hard to know what L.A.’s philosophy is now that they fired GM Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter. But defensive acumen is probably still a part of it, and Glass is a good two-way player that burst onto the scene this year. He’s an opportunistic center with high hockey instincts, resulting in a terrific 32-goal, 94-point season.