Although the Houston Rockets‘ offense was periodically stagnant in their Game 2 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, their defense was not. The Rockets were able to hold the Thunder below 100 points, and the Rockets’ defense on Chris Paul was a major contributing factor.
Paul had 14 points on 15 shots and the Thunder were 36 points worse with him on the floor. On the other side, every Rockets player that played over 25 minutes scored in double figures, which is certainly a recipe for success.
The energy from the bench was electrifying because of Russell Westbrook, who helped coach the Rockets and gave confidence to his teammates while being hurt.