The Oklahoma City Thunder lost Russell Westbrook for the entirety of the playoffs with a torn meniscus, but Kevin Durant showed Saturday that the loss doesn't necessarily mean Oklahoma City's playoff run will be a short one.
Durant scored 41 points with 14 rebounds and four assists, leading the Thunder to a 104-101 road win over the Houston Rockets to take a 3-0 lead in the series. The Thunder could complete the sweep with a win in Game 4 Monday.
The Thunder started the game strong, out-scoring Houston 39-19 in the first quarter and taking a 17-point lead into the half. Houston had a strong third quarter, holding Oklahoma City to just 14 points to get back into the game, but the Thunder held on late.
James Harden led Houston with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Chandler Parsons scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Francisco Garcia and Carlos Delfino combined for 29 points off the bench.
With the Bulls trailing by 14 points and under three minutes remaining, Nate Robinson dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 23 of his 34 points, including a personal 12-0 scoring run, to help the Bulls force overtime and eventually beat the Nets. Robinson's 23 fourth-quarter points were one shy of Michael Jordan's playoff franchise record.
Al Horford had 26 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks and the Hawks held the Pacers to just 27 percent shooting while cutting Indiana's series lead to 2-1 Saturday.
The Grizzlies evened their series with the Clippers behind a strong defensive effort that virtually eliminated the entire Clippers' supporting cast from contributing. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 19 points each, but the team's three other starters combined to shoot just 1-of-13.