The Rockets rallied from a 15-point deficit to take a lead in the fourth quarter in Game 2. But they weren’t able to hold on and Oklahoma City got the 105-102 win.
It was much the same this time, as Houston went up late only to fall again.
Westbrook’s absence didn’t seem to bother Oklahoma City early, as Durant had the big first half and the Thunder looked to be in complete control.
Things changed in the third quarter, as Durant was limited offensively and Houston outscored the Thunder 27-14 in the quarter.
Houston point guard Jeremy Lin, who suffered a bruised chest muscle in Game 2, started but scored only two points in about 18 minutes.
Parsons added 21 points for Houston. Garcia had 18.
After the big run got Houston within eight points in the third quarter, Garcia and Harden made 3-pointers around a dunk by Durant to whittle the lead to 80-76 entering the last quarter.