Rockets fall to Thunder, 120-91, in Game 1

Rockets fall to Thunder, 120-91, in Game 1

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21: Reggie Jackson #15 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots in the lane against Omer Asik #3 of the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Associated Press

Posted on April 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 10:26 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed ex-teammate James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

After letting Houston wipe away an 11-point deficit in the first half, the Thunder regained control with a 14-1 surge just before halftime and kept pouring it on.

Just after a fan nailed a half-court shot to win $20,000 in the break after the third quarter, Durant drove for a two-handed slam while getting fouled and Oklahoma City was soon up by 30.

Harden, playing against the team that traded him away just before the season started, had 20 points but the league's second-highest scoring offense was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

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