HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Houston Rockets’ “hoop dreams” of playoff advancement were doused after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night in Houston, 103-94.
The NBA’s youngest team, was looking to become the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0.
During Friday night playoff action at the Toyota Center, Kevin Durant scored 27 points while Kevin Martin added 25 to help Oklahoma City Thunder trail onto a victory over the Houston Rockets. As a result of Friday’s win, OKC is now on to play the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.
Despite flu and cold-like symptoms and a diagnosis of strep throat earlier this week, James Harden led his Rockets with 26 points.
Houston played Friday’s game without key player Carlos Delfino, who now has a bone fracture in his right foot.
Although Houston’s Jeremy Lin didn’t start, he did play for the first time since Game 3. He had missed the last two games due to a bruised chest muscle.
Tensions seemed to run a bit high at the beginning of the game after Francisco Garcia and Kendrick Perkins pushed each other after a foul by Garcia. Both players got technical fouls with about nine minutes left in the first quarter. Garcia seemed to cool off quite quickly while Perkins had to be pulled away by teammates. He resorted to taking to the court to do several pushups in an effort to refocus his efforts.
In addition to other efforts from teammates, Houston got 25 points from Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Toward the end of the game, Houston opened the third quarter with a slew of 3-pointers. Garcia sunk one to start the period and Parsons hit three more giving Houston a strong lead of 68-62 over OKC.
During the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City used a 14-4 run to make the lead 92-81.
After all of the best moves were made and the tenacity and ingenuity were executed, OKC dominated over Houston winning the game and the series. Oklahoma will now face the Memphis Grizzlies:
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 4, 2013
Despite the loss, the Rockets received a standing ovation and praise for their efforts all season long:
— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG) May 4, 2013
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 4, 2013
Check out highlights from Friday’s game below:
The Rockets played Friday’s game to a sold-out crowd.