Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both scored 29 points, and host Oklahoma City recovered after squandering a 15-point fourth-quarter lead to beat Houston 105-102 on Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead.
Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left. He missed a free throw with a second left, but the Rockets were out of timeouts, and Carlos Delfino couldn’t connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer.
James Harden (36 points) spearheaded a 21-2 comeback that put the Rockets up 95-91. The Thunder’s big lead melted away with nine straight empty possessions.
Houston’s Jeremy Lin didn’t play in the second half because of a muscle contusion in his chest. X-rays were negative, and he’ll play in Game 3 on Saturday if the spasms stop.
“It’s easily the most frustrating thing that has happened this entire season,” Lin said.
Spurs 102, Lakers 91: Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists, and San Antonio beat visiting Los Angeles to take a 2-0 series lead. Dwight Howard and Steve Blake had 16 points each for the Lakers. The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range (7 of 14).
Pacers 113, Hawks 98: Paul George had 27 points to lead host Indiana to a 2-0 series lead. George, in his first game since being named the NBA’s Most Improved Player, also had eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Nets-Bulls: The series resumes in Chicago on Thursday, and both teams have key players battling plantar fasciitis — Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson.
Cavaliers: Conceding he should’ve never fired Mike Brown after the 2010 playoffs, owner Dan Gilbert said he’s thrilled to be able to rehire the franchise’s most successful coach. “It was a mistake,” Gilbert said. Brown, fired five games into this season by the Lakers, said, “It’s funny how life works out.”
Grizzlies: Marc Gasol won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, edging Miami’s LeBron James.