The Houston Rockets were cleared for takeoff against Oklahoma City in game three of their opening round playoff match-up.
After a close shave in game two, the rockets were fully confident, especially since they’d face the Thunder without their point guard, Russell Westbrook, out for the remainder of the playoffs after knee surgery.
So what happened? KD happened.
Kevin Durant shouldered the load as he exploded for a 27 first half points to help build a 26-point lead for the Thunder.
The Rockets would do just that though as they started raining in threes, taking a lead with under four minutes to go.
Rockets were 45 seconds away from cutting the Thunder’s lead to 2-1 but Durant would drain a three to give OKC the lead and the eventual 104-101 wins.
The Rockets will try to extend their season on Monday night when they host game four. Unfortunately any hope for the second round looks slim to none since no team in the NBA has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a Playoff series.