Whoever was supposed to remind the Houston Rockets that they had a playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder absolutely dropped the ball Sunday night.
The Thunder throttled, dominated and beat down the Rockets, 120-91, in Game 1 of the first-round series at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Rockets kept it close until the end of the second quarter, when the Thunder went on a mini-run to grab a 13-point lead at halftime.
Russell Westbrook was two rebounds away from a triple-double in the series opener, with 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka combined for 41 more points, with Ibaka shooting an impressive 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field.
James Harden had 17 points at the half, but ended the night with just 20. The Thunder's defensive pressure was too much for the Rockets' high-flying offense to overcome all night long.
Jeremy Lin struggled against Westbrook's dominant defense, accounting for just four points on 1-of-7 shooting.
For the sake of this series, let's hope the Rockets can put this one behind them and get ready for Game 2 on Wednesday.