OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — This is one everyone wanted to see, Oklahoma City against the Houston Rockets, as former Thunder star James Harden goes up against his old teammates in the playoff.
Officials: #47 Bennie Adams, #25 Tony Brothers, #10 Ron Garretson, #33 Zach Zarba
Last season Harden went to the final with the Thunder but was traded before the start of the season and he said he had a feeling the Rockets would have drawn against his old employers.
“I knew it was going to happen like this, for some reason,” Harden said. “That’s the beauty of it, that’s what basketball is.”
Harden is having an impressive season this term, as he averaged 25.9 points per game and 5.8 assist during his first season in Houston.
The Thunder, meanwhile, start as favorites to win the seven game series, but head coach Scott Brooks has warned his team about complacency.
The following are the starting lineups for tonight’s contest, as Kevin Durant, who sat out the regular season finale against he Bucks returns to the starting team for Oklahoma City.
Durant averages 24.4 points in 22 games against the Rockets, while Oklahoma City went 2-1 over Houston this season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Starters: Thabo Sefolosha – G; Russell Westbrook – G; Kevin Durant – F; Serge Ibaka – F; Kendrick Perkins – C
Houston Rockets Starters: James Harden – G; Jeremy Lin – G; Chandler Parsons – F; Greg Smith – F; Omer Asik – C