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Thunder hold off Rockets, take 2-0 series lead

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder shook off the pesky Houston Rockets and took Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series, 105-102, despite blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.

James Harden and Carlos Delfino spearheaded a 21-2 flurry down the stretch to give the upset-minded Rockets a four-point lead with just over three minutes remaining.

But the Thunder's subsequent 10-2 run, highlighted by Durant hitting a go- ahead 3-pointer and assisting on Thabo Sefolosha's deep jumper, has the series headed to Houston with Oklahoma City holding a 2-0 lead.

Durant scored 21 of his 29 points in the first half, Russell Westbrook also added 29 points and Serge Ibaka totaled 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks in the hard-fought win.

Harden finished with 36 points and 11 boards for the Rockets, who lost Jeremy Lin to a muscle contusion in his right chest but received an unlikely double- double from rookie Patrick Beverley and 17 points from Chandler Parsons.

Beverley logged 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists after earning a start for the first time all season.

Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night in Houston, where the Rockets went 29-12 in the regular season and split two games with the Thunder.

04/24 22:06:07 ET