Recap: Thunder vs Rockets (G5)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets, Game 5
Game Score
Oklahoma City Thunder

80

114

Houston Rockets
WESTBROOK RETURNS, HARDEN LOOKS LIKE HARDEN

It was a welcomed return by the Houston Rockets, as Russell Westbrook made his official Houston Rockets playoff debut after sitting out and rehabbing a quad injury. Westbrook looked a bit rusty in this one, but gladly enough he didn't need to carry the load offensively in this one. Westbrook would score just 7 points in 23 minutes, while shooting 3 of 13 from the field. James Harden on the other hand was extremely efficient in this one, finishing the game with 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting in just 28 minutes of action. 

SCHRODER & PJ TUCKER EJECTED, DORT STRUGGLES

This game got ugly in a hurry for OKC Thunder fans. After trailing by 10 points after the first quarter, the Thunder fought back and took a 3 point deficit into halftime. Right after that is when the wheels started to fall off. The Rockets would outscore the Thunder 37-18 in the third quarter alone, and this exchange from Dennis Schroder and PJ Tucker didn't help things at all. It's been reported since then that both Tucker and Schroder have been fined $25,000. Another frustrating development for Thunder fans, was the offensive performance from rookie Luguentz Dort. The undrafted rookie has been fantastic in this series with his play on the defensive side of the ball, notably when guarding Rockets start James Harden. Unfortunately in this one, Dort couldn't get his offensive game to get going and struggled shooting from outside. Houston let Dort have any three point shot he could have dreamed of in this one, but Dort simply couldn't get his shot to fall. He would finish 3 for 16 (18.8%) from the field in 23 minutes of action. 

ROCKETS PIECES PRODUCE

It seems like in each and every game in this series the Houston Rockets have gotten promising production from a number of complimentary pieces each night. Today, it was Eric Gordon and Robert Covington pitching in with 20+ points each. Covington was especially brilliant from outside, finishing the game 6 for 11 from downtown while Gordon did a fantastic job of attacking what the defense gave him. 

What Did We Learn

This Houston team is still tough to deal with when they are rolling. Oklahoma City is going to need a massive bounce-back performance in Game 6 to keep this series alive.

Houston RocketsROCKETS LEAD SERIES 3-2