Tip-Off for 4/25/13 (featuring Charles “Chuck” Cooper): Oklahoma City Thunder cool off hot Houston Rockets in Game 2 thriller 105-102
OKC’s Serge Ibaka was the defensive catalyst in Game 2 with six blocked shots.
The Oklahoma City Thunder seemed headed for a classic collapse in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets. The Thunder blew a fourth quarter lead, only to gain it back and hold off the inspired Rockets 105-102. The Thunder lead the series 2-0.
James Harden big night was offset by OKC’s duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was a defensive anchor with six blocked shots.
Thunder 105 – Rockets 102 – Houston held a huge margin on the glass 57-40. Omir Asik grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 29 points each, Durant also handed out 9 assists. James Harden scored a game-high 36 points for the Rockets.
Houston leads 2-0.
Pacers 113 – Hawks 98 – The Atlanta Hawks allowed their frustration with the officiating to get the best of them as they were called for three technical fouls. The Pacers led by as many as 24 points — on their way to another blowout victory. Paul George led all players with 27 points and Roy Hibbert grabbed 9 rebounds for Indiana. Devin Harris led Atlanta with 17 points. Al Horford grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Indiana leads 2-0.
Spurs 102 – Lakers 91 – Murphy’s Law continues to hover over the Los Angeles Lakers. Already with out Kobe Bryant, the Lakers were without Jodie Meeks (ankle) and may lose Steve Blake — who left the game with an injured hamstring. Tony Parker scored 24 of his game-high 28 points in the second half. Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 foul-plagued minutes.
San Antonio leads 2-0.
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Charles “Chuck” Cooper was the first African-American drafted into the NBA on this day in 1950.