Durant leads Thunder to 3-0 series lead
April, 28, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information
Troy Taomina/USA Today SportsKevin Durant led the way for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they took a commanding 3-0 series lead.
The Rockets are now 1-5 versus the Thunder this season, including the playoffs.
Durant leads the way
Kevin Durant tied a playoff career-high with 41 points to lead the Thunder in their first game since losing Russell Westbrook.
Durant played 47 minutes and had 86 touches, 42 of those came in the back court where he was used as the primary ball handler. Durant had 35 such instances in the first two games combined.
The Thunder shot 4-for-16 on shots taken directly after a pass made by Durant.
Durant had 39 touches in the first half, 25 of them coming in the backcourt where he was the primary ball handler. He had 63 first half touches in the first two games combined.
In the second half, the Rockets limited Durant offensively, and he was kept scoreless in the third quarter until a dunk with 27 seconds remaining.
This is Durant's 29th consecutive game with 21 or more points. That is the fourth longest streak over the last 40 seasons and the longest since Michael Jordan scored more than 20 points in 47 consecutive playoff games from 1996 to 1998.
Harden almost leads way to upset
James Harden almost single-handedly led the Rockets to the comeback win, scoring 30 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Harden has now tallied back-to-back 30-point games in this series.
Harden made nine field goals Saturday, six of them coming on drives to the basket. Harden is 14 for 22 over his last two games on such drives.
Thunder struggle inside of five feet
Oklahoma City made 11-of-26 field goals attempted inside of five feet with only one coming from a guard (Kevin Martin). The Thunder shot 42.3 percent inside of five feet, the third worst for any game this season. Westbrook averaged four made baskets per game from this distance.
What the win means
No team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series (103 instances entering this postseason).