Russell Westbrook and Co. have come home to OKC firing, winning their first game of their first round series with Houston on Friday night.
The battle of the MVP candidates was again the focal point of Friday's game, with Westbrook backing up his Game 2 performance of 51, 13 and 10 with a stat line of 32 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. The only difference being this performance led to a Thunder win, putting them down 2 games to 1 in the series heading into Game 4.
James Harden was no pushover however, as he posted a very respectable line of 44 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, albeit with 7 turnovers.
The Rockets shot a lowly 10-35 from three-point land, as Houston's main shooters of Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and Harden were cold from three all night.
The free throw discrepancy was also a major talking point, as despite the loss, Houston shot 10 more free throws than the Thunder, which got to the Thunder, especially Taj Gibson, who was seen on the bench at the end of the second quarter ranting about the referees.
Speaking of Taj Gibson, the former Bull pulled his weight in Game 3, proving to be an X-Factor and scoring 20 points on 10-13 shooting, playing with an intensity the Thunder have missed the first two games.
Oklahoma City will look to even the series at two games a piece in Game 4 on Sunday.