Harden (ankle) 'ready to go' for Game 5

The fan who Houston guard Patrick Beverley confronted after Game 3 of Oklahoma City's and Houston's first-round playoff series has told the Transcript that Beverley touched him and his wife during the encounter.

There is no confusion, however, on the impact the Brazilian has had in helping the Rockets to a 3-1 lead over the Thunder in their first round playoff series.

This led to some questions about the caliber of the Thunder roster beyond Westbrook.

Adams played 39 minutes and was once again a defensive anchor for the Thunder who just lacked the scoring support for Westbrook to live with the Rockets more balanced squad.

"I'm not comfortable with that", said Beverley. "I don't want nobody to try and split us up. If we can combine. defending and hitting our 3s, the sky's the limit for this team". We tried to make him shoot a lot of tough shots. We're in this together. "That's all that matters".

As Westbrook has become more and more beloved in Oklahoma City he has gotten away with more and more.

Damn near every play Russell Westbrook makes exudes Russ. "Don't say, 'When Russell goes out the team doesn't play well.' That doesn't matter".

Westbrook was fined $15,000 after the Thunders' Game 2 loss Wednesday to the Rockets.

But then as Westbrook sat out the first 2:45 of the final period, the Rockets, courtesy of 10 quick points from supersub Williams, turned their five-point third-quarter deficit into a five-point (86-81) advantage.

Thunder: Led by as many as 8 points early.

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In a game when MVP-hopeful James Harden scored only 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting from the field (and 0-for-7 from deep), the Rockets needed this kind of performance to push the Thunder and their MVP candidate Russell Westbrook to the brink.

Westbrook had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at the break.

How do you know it was a must-win game?

It sure wasn't easy.

Chris Paul's 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left.

How can you tune in to First Round NBA Playoff action? During the first two minutes and 45 seconds of the fourth quarter, Westbrook was out of the game. After that game he lashed out after being asked about his stat line.

Jimmy Butler carried the Bulls with 33 points and nine assists.

It wasn't in Game 5.

JAZZ 105, CLIPPERS 98: Joe Johnson scored 28 points, and Utah beat the Los Angeles Clippers to even their first-round playoff series at 2-all. They can not sit back and think of saying - there is another chance even if we lose. (To put that in some perspective, LeBron James - for as great as he was in the sweep of in - was 5 for 15 in clutch situations during that series.) Johnson shot 12 for 17 overall in Utah's win Sunday over the Clippers, helping the Jazz knot that series on a night when Gordon Hayward was felled by food poisoning.

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