Houston, Los Angeles tied 1-1 heading to game 3

Houston, Los Angeles tied 1-1 heading to game 3

Harden closed out on Thunder guard Luguentz Dort and recorded a blocked shot with 4.8 seconds left and Houston clinging to a one-point lead.

The Los Angeles Lakers have followed a pattern this postseason: lose Game 1, win everything else. In the opening round of the playoffs against Orlando, Antetokounmpo averaged 30.6 points, 16 rebounds and six assists on 59% shooting from the floor and 39% from 3-point range.

One of his 3s gave the Thunder a six-point lead, but Houston closed strong to lead 61-59 at the break. Miami shot 37.8 percent from behind the arc (17 of 45). He had 10 points, nine assists and five steals against the Rockets off the bench.

Will the real Russell Westbrook please stand up? But that didn't slow the Rockets at all, with Gordon getting a layup and Harden another 3 for a 14-0 start that made it 67-65. The Lakers survived a race to meet up with the Rockets, who had been again within the lead after being 21 factors behind within the third quarter.

- NEED TO KNOW: Each of Houston's last two playoff losses has been immediately followed by a win, which means the Rockets will head into Game 3 certainly knowing that they can regain control. The Bucks forced overtime against the Heat and ultimately prevailed 118-115 to move within 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. Middleton went to the line and sank all three free throws to tie the game, with overtime seeming like the most likely outcome.

The frantic final seconds of a game that was tight throughout had Houston take the lead for good at 103-102 when P.J. Tucker scored with 1:25 remaining.

That was enough time for Butler to benefit from a similar touch foul at the other end on a corner jumper he got off just before the horn.

It's unclear if Antetokounmpo will be available for the next game.

Robinson has been one of the key players for the Heat during their incredible playoff run thus far.

"I'd say we're disappointed with the judgment, with the decision, the timing", Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

"The reality is, they deserved to win the game", Spoelstra said. The Greek Freak stayed on the court to shoot his free throws so that he'd be eligible to return but was ultimately ruled out for the contest.

The Heat will continue to work hard on the defensive end and the glass while forcing the Bucks to take long-distance shots.

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler wasn't pleased with his team's lack of urgency after reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo left Game 4 with an injury.

Adebayo had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Jae Crowder had 17 points to help the Heat improve to 7-0 in this post-season.

Houston is better both offensively (117.1 to 113.5 ppg) and in turnovers committed (14.5 to 15.2).

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