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Nene's 28 lead Rockets past Thunder for 3-1 series lead

April 24, 2017

Despite Russell Westbrook recording a triple-double in the first half, Houston prevails 113-109 in Game 4 behind a 28-point performance from Nene off the bench.OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden's shot was off, and one of the most unlikely players on Houston's roster came to the rescue.

Nene scored 28 points on perfect shooting from the field, and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The 6-foot-11 center from Brazil made all 12 of his shots and had 10 rebounds. It was an impressive performance from a reserve who averaged about nine points per game in the regular season.

"He puts the work in," Harden said. "He's a true vet. He's in the weight room. He' doing all the proper things to get his body and his mind right to go out there and compete at a high level every single night. Tonight, it paid off."...

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Patrick Beverley: I accept fine, but NBA should address fan behavior

April 24, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Houston Rockets forward Patrick Beverley says he didn't feel protected by the NBA after a second-quarter incident with a fan in Oklahoma City on Friday night, so after the game he needed to "address the situation before it gets out of hand."

On Sunday, Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA for confronting the fan, who has been identified as the son of one of the minority owners of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Beverley said he didn't think the fan's relationship to the organization had anything to do with the fine. Beverley's issue was with the way the fan yelled at him while he was on the ground, in front of the fan's courtside seat, after a foul.

"I'm OK with the hazing. I'm OK with the boos. I'm OK with other fans rooting for their team. But I'm not OK with the blatant disrespect while I'm on the ground after a foul and a fan is yelling out to me, 'F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley,' and waving a clapper in my face," Beverley said Sunday afternoon, before the Rockets played the Thunder in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series....

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NBA fines Patrick Beverley over fan altercation

April 24, 2017

The NBA has fined Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 over his interaction with a fan during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs Friday night, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced Sunday.

In the first half, Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet. The fan was identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of Oklahoma City Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci. Beverley got up and immediately started to complain about Scaramucci.

He pointed at Scaramucci as referee Scott Foster and several Rockets went to help him up. After the game, Beverley approached Scaramucci, who was sitting behind the basket, and they got into a heated discussion....

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Rockets look to fix first-quarter struggles

April 23, 2017

"We got to come out desperate, that's all that is," James Harden said of the Rockets slow starts so far in the playoffs. Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty ImagesOKLAHOMA CITY -- What troubles the Houston Rockets through three games of their best-of-seven series against the Oklahoma City Thunder is how they have started.

Another poor effort on Friday night led to a 14-point hole, which forced the Rockets to play catch-up. Despite taking a late third quarter lead and having multiple chances to take the lead late in the fourth, the rough start resulted in a Rockets loss. The series is now 2-1 in favor of the Rockets, but there's an understanding that things need to be fixed.

"We got to come out desperate, that's all that is," James Harden said before Saturday's practice. "Come out desperate, come out on the defensive end with a sense of urgency and offensively just do what we do, get our shots, get to the rim and be unselfish."...

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Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Rockets 115-113

April 22, 2017

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook recorded his 2nd straight triple double as Oklahoma City edged Houston 115-113.OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Houston Rockets 115-113 on Friday night to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference playoff series.

James Harden scored 44 points for Houston, but he missed a 3-pointer that could have won the game just before time expired.

Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It was his second straight triple-double and the seventh playoff triple-double of his career. Taj Gibson added 20 points and Andre Roberson and Victor Oladipo each scored 12 for the Thunder, who shot 55 percent from the field....

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