The Thunder managed to hold off the Rockets in game two to win 105-102 and take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Thunder did exactly what they needed to do as they defended home court. They now will go to Houston to try and finish the sweep. Here are the game grades:
Kevin Durant- 46 minutes, 29 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds- B-
KD didn’t have a very efficient night on offense as he only went 10-25 from the field and 2-9 from deep. However, Durant showed why he is the second best player in the NBA by coming through in the clutch. He made a huge three pointer to put the Thunder ahead for good 98-97 late in the game. He then made a great play to set up Thabo Sefolosha for another three and that pretty much sealed the ball game.
Russell Westbrook- 37 minutes, 29 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds- A
Westbrook was the MVP of this game as far as I am concerned. He got two quick fouls in the first quarter, but he was a beast after that. He carried the Thunder through the whole game and then let KD close it out. Russ was attacking the basket as usual, and he also got his mid range game going for a little bit.
Serge Ibaka- 34 minutes, 12 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks- A-
Serge was really a non factor offensively for OKC but he was great on the defensive end. He was the the ultimate rim protector for the Thunder as he finished the game with 6 blocks, and he influenced many more.
Kevin Martin- 21 minutes, 10 points, 1 steal- B
Martin struggled throughout the game until the fourth quarter came around. He then hit two giant threes for the Thunder and showed why OKC went out and got him. He is a great shooter and showed that he can come through under the pressures of the playoffs.
Kendrick Perkins- 29 minutes, 4 points, 6 rebounds 1 block- B+
Perk’s numbers don’t look very good (do they ever?) but he did exactly what he is here to do in this win for the Thunder. He played great defense, he was physical and delivered the “nasty” for OKC.
Thabo Sefolosha- 36 minutes, 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists- B-
Thabo was okay throughout the game defending the various Houston guards, and he hit a huge shot late in the fourth quarter on a pass from KD that put OKC up 101-97. That shot was pretty much the nail in the coffin for the Rockets.
Nick Collison- 12 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal- C+
Collison was surprisingly a non factor for the Thunder in this game. He usually makes a lot of great plays when he is in the game, but in this win he hardly seemed there. A lot of this had to do with the fact that Ibaka and Perk got a lot more minutes than usual at the four and five spots.
Reggie Jackson- 19 minutes, 6 points , 3 assists, 4 rebounds- A
What a game for Reggie Jackson. Well, I should say what a first quarter. Jackson came off the bench much earlier than usual because Westbrook had the two quick fouls. But Jackson played great in Westbrook’s absence in that first quarter. He helped KD with the scoring load by hitting two big threes, which is really unusual for Jackson because he is not a very good three point shooter.
Scott Brooks- C+
I don’t think Brooks responded very well to the different match-ups the Rockets were throwing at the Thunder and specifically I don’t think he reacted very well when they came at OKC with that 2-3 zone. This let Houston back into the game, and it nearly lost the Thunder home court advantage in this series.