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Thunder and Raptors regain home court advantage

Thunder and Raptors regain home court advantage

The superiority of the offensive game of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors allowed them to achieve road victories in the playoff qualifiers to regain home court advantage, while the Houston Rockets achieved the first and avoid the sweep .
Forward Kevin Durant vindicated his status as Most Valuable Player (MVP) and leader of the Thunder, whom he led to a home win (102-131) against the Dallas Mavericks in the third game of the Western Conference playoff tie They dominate 2-1.
After losing Game 2 in Oklahoma City with Durant’s worst scoring performance in the playoffs as a pro, the Thunder’s star surged with 34 points, seven rebounds and two assists, leading his team’s balanced and sweeping attack. team.
Durant had seven baskets from nine field goals entering the second quarter after in the second game he needed to make 33 to achieve the same number of successes and that in the end it was going to cost his team the defeat.
The 2014 season MVP went into the break with 20 points when the Thunder were already up by 19 points and ready to secure the victory that allowed them to regain home court advantage.
Star point guard Russell Westbrook also shone in his offensive game by contributing a double-double of 26 points and 15 assists, while Swiss center Enes Kanter had 21 points and eight rebounds, which left him as the sixth Thunder player.
Shooting guard Wesley Matthews with 22 points and five rebounds was the top scorer for the Mavericks, who also had the support of point guard Raymond Felton who reached 18 points, but this time he could not be a winning factor.
The fourth game of the series will be played next Saturday on the same stage at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan recovered his best scoring inspiration and was once again the leader of the balanced attack of the Raptors who won 85-101 at home against the Indiana Pacers in the third game of the Eastern Conference playoff tie that they now dominate by 2-1 best of seven.
DeRozan, who had lost the best wrist touch in recent games, scored 21 points and together with point guard Kyle Lowry, who also scored 21 points, were the key to the victory of the Raptors, who regained home court advantage after losing the first meeting in his field at the Air Canada Centre.
Along with DeRozan and Kyle, who also had eight assists, forward DeMarre Carroll reached 17 points and Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas was the best in the inside game by capturing 14 rebounds, including 10 defensively, in addition to scoring nine points.
Star forward Paul George, who had a double-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, led the Pacers, who only had three players with double-digit numbers.
Rookie power forward Myles Turner, who came off the bench, had 17 points, including 11 in the second half, while point guard George Hill scored 13 points.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game and the fourth of the best-of-seven series will also be played on the same stage at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next Saturday.
Shooting guard James Harden this time did respond as the team leader and with 35 points led the attack of the Rockets who beat the Golden State Warriors 97-96, without star point guard Stephen Curry, in the third game of the playoffs. Western Conference playoffs that contest the best of seven.
The victory prevents the Rockets from being swept out of the series, which continues to favor the Warriors 2-1, by forcing Game 5, while Game 4 will be played on Sunday at the same stage at Houston’s Toyota Center.
James, although he did not have his best wrist touch, scored 11 of 26 field goals, including 4 of 14 triples, and 9 of 11 free throws, in the end he managed to reach 30 or more points for the twelfth playoff game.
The Rockets’ star shooting guard decided the victory when with two seconds to go he scored the basket that made the 97-96 run that would be the final score after the Warriors could not score by losing the last possession of the ball.
Along with Harden, Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas emerged as the key player in the actions inside the paint by contributing a double-double of 14 points, 13 rebounds -eight defensive-, gave two assists, recovered two balls and put a plug.
Motiejunas reached his first match of the final phase in which he got a double-double.
While center Dwight Howard also shone in the actions inside the paint and achieved another double-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
This time, Curry’s loss, the second consecutive game that he missed as he was not recovered from the discomfort he has suffered in his right ankle since the first game of the series, made itself felt too much in the outside offensive game, where neither was shooting guard Klay. Thompson shined.
Reserve center Marreese Speights with 22 points (7-11, 3-6, 5-6) and four rebounds emerged as the leader of the Warriors’ attack, while Thompson reached 17, but missed 13 of 20 field goals , including the seven triples he attempted. EFE

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