The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a tough one at home in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets, making the series 3-1 in Houston’s favor. It was a back and forth battle in the fourth quarter with the Rockets prevailing after a wacky ending. Here are some interesting numbers from today’s game:
Oklahoma City was all over the place defensively, especially in the first half, racking up 14 blocks. Andre Roberson contributed five of those blocks, making it tough on James Harden all night.
With Harden struggling to hit many shots Sunday, his supporting cast came up huge, showing how good they can be. Harden only had 16 points, while the rest of the Rockets put up 97. Nene led the way with 28 points off the bench. Lou Williams and Eric Gordon put up 18 points each. In hindsight, Harden’s supporting cast was just too much for the Thunder.
Westbrook played 19 minutes in the first half, and was enough to achieve his third straight triple double in the playoffs. He played very in control like Game 3, and was great in every aspect. Westbrook finished the night with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.
The Thunder’s defense broke down in the fourth quarter, allowing 40 points in the period. Houston outscored Oklahoma City by eight in the fourth, which was more than enough to come away with the victory.
With as easy as Houston is able to get to the free throw line, Oklahoma City had to somehow get there as many times as possible to balance that out. They shot just one less free throw than Houston did tonight, but the difference was how many the Rockets made and the Thunder didn’t. Oklahoma City shot 32 free throws, hitting only 56 percent of them. They missed a bunch late, and was a big reason Oklahoma City ended up losing this one.
The Thunder’s front-court was really good tonight on both ends of the floor, with Steven Adams leading the way. He was on the glass all game, and capitalizing on it. He finished with 18 points along with seven rebounds and three blocks.
It spoke volumes to how good this Houston team is, when their best player in Harden played arguably his worst game of the series and they still won. Harden had seven turnovers today, and Roberson was the cause of that. Andre was amazing in guarding Harden on Sunday, and made him work for every single bucket.
In all of NBA’s history, only 11 teams have came back to win a series after being down 3-1. Those are not the best odds for Oklahoma City, but there is a silver lining in this. In the past couple years, teams have been prone to blowing 3-1 leads. It happened once two years ago, and twice just last season’s playoffs. With it happening more often, the Thunder could be the fourth team to pull it off in just three NBA seasons.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!