But, man, was it brutal for Thunder fans as Houston took Game 1 by winning 123-108.
Oklahoma City would start durable, being up to 7-0 in the first five minutes.
However, with it being the playoffs, this game was more physical. Because of that, both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter.
Even Chris Paul started the game shooting 0/5. Unfortunately, for the Thunder, Houston heated up offensively.
In both the second and third quarter the Rockets scored over 35 points.
Houston scored 100 points in the third quarter and, at one point, led by 23 points.
Houston’s coach Mike D’antoni plays his bench the least out of any team in the league.
Nonetheless, Houston bench showed up big time in game one.
Ben McClemore and Jeff Green were two of three players to come off the bench. Yet, the two combined for 36 points off the bench.
About midway through the third quarter, Houston’s bench was shooting 79% for the game.
Thunder’s lack of defense:
It was not only the bench who was giving the Thunder’s defense problems. Everyone who played for the Rockets shot the ball efficiently.
James Harden scored over 30 points, and Eric Gordon had 21 points himself.
Overall, the Thunder’s defense was not disruptive. Houston shot 48% from the field and 39% from three.
Also, the Thunder were only able to force seven turnovers all game.
Oklahoma City will need to bounce back in Game 2. Especially, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who only had 9 points.