James Harden and his Rockets will feel the momentum shifting with the Thunder, coming back from a 15 point deficit in the third quarter to tie the series.
James Harden had 32 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Houston.
INJURIES: Rockets: Luc Mbah a Moute: day to day (knee), Russell Westbrook: out (quad).
Thunder: 5-5, averaging 108 points, 46.3 rebounds, 19.6 assists, 6.8 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 43.0% from the field. In those of Oklahoma Paul still did not appear, he went to the locker room with 4 points, and Denis Schroder was uncovered facing the rim with 15 points.
During the first quarter the New Zealander and former team-mate Russell Westbrook exchanged angry words as the teams left the court for a timeout. The Thunder have a 5-2 record against the spread in matchups with the Rockets.
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Dort's ability to make Harden work all game certainly played a part in the Beard's less-than-stellar closing quarter.
In 35.5% of Oklahoma City's games this season (27 of 76), the total points scored was higher than Wednesday's 225-point over/under. Living on the perimeter led them to get outscored 46-34 in the paint, and OKC outscored them on second chance points 17-7.
Wesley Matthews added 12 points for the Bucks, who can close out the Magic on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Milwaukee Bucks won their third straight over the Orlando Magic 121-106 to extend their lead to 3-1 in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
The top-seeded Bucks led by three entering the fourth quarter before Middleton came alive.
"Lu is special", Paul said of Dort, who kept Harden in check in the fourth quarter of Game 4 despite playing most of the quarter with five fouls. In their last game they lost against the Thunder in game 4, 114-117, despite being a -3 favorite.