After the Oklahoma City Thunder took Game 1 by 29 points, the series has been neck and neck. The Houston Rockets fended off elimination with their high-powered offense, and they've put plenty of pressure on the reigning Western Conference champs.
In Game 6 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, the Thunder finally put Houston to bed with a 103-94 victory.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 27 points, but other OKC players guided them to Round 2. Kevin Martin played a fantastic first half, and Derek Fisher used his veteran savvy to run a master class on closing out a series in the second half.
James Harden scored 26 to lead the Rockets, but he shot just 7-of-22 from the field. Chandler Parsons turned in an strong game with 25 points coming mostly from long range, but that was not enough.
OKC led 58-54 at the half despite getting outshot 50 percent to 44 percent, thanks in part to a plus-four turnover differential. Martin led the charge with 21 and Reggie Jackson attacked the hoop for 10 points.
After Houston closed the gap to a single point after three quarters, OKC kicked things into high gear. The Thunder went on a 23-10 run to start the fourth quarter and coasted to victory through the final few minutes.
The Rockets put in a valiant effort, and with the right offseason moves (which Daryl Morley will no doubt make), they will be extremely dangerous next season.
But Friday belonged to the Thunder. They took care of business, albeit not as soon as they would have liked, and now prepare to face the Memphis Grizzlies. First, let's hand out grades for the series-clinching win.