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The Houston Rockets were impressive on defense for the second game in a row and took the 98-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Rockets took advantage of a late run in the fourth quarter to secure the win and take a 2-0 lead over Oklahoma. James Harden led all scorers with 21 points for Houston, which had 7 players on double figures.

The rookie guard Lu Dort along with OKC’s perimeter kept Harden on 31.2% from the field and 18% from the three-point arc, but that was not enough for Oklahoma. Harden also had 9 assists and 5 rebounds.

The Rockets’ superstar was followed in scoring by Danuel House Jr., who finished the contest with 19 points and 9 rebounds.

Houston took advantage of a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, led by their bench mob, to secure their victory. For OKC, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander had a playoff career-high 31 points.

Both teams will meet again on Saturday for the third game of the series.