Rockets look to take commanding 3-0 lead

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The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Houston Rockets in Game 3 on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN. In NBA history, teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series 94 percent of the time. The Thunder have never fallen behind 3-0 in a playoff series since moving to Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, the Rockets have lost six straight road playoff games.

Harden, Westbrook putting up monster numbers

James Harden has been a more efficient player than Russell Westbrook in the early going of this series. Westbrook is averaging a triple-double through two games (36.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 10.0 assists), but he’s also turned it over 6.5 times per game and is shooting just 34.8 percent from the field.

Team effort from Rockets

The Rockets have six players averaging more than 10 points per game in the series (three of whom are bench players); only two Thunder players are averaging more than 10 points (Westbrook and Andre Roberson)

OKC’s second-leading scorer in the regular season hasn’t shown up in the playoffs. Victor Oladipo is just 5-for-26 from the field, including 1-for-13 from 3-point range. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams have also seen their production drop (Kanter played just eight minutes in Game 2).

Rockets dominating the paint

The Rockets have been aggressive getting to the basket this series, with multiple players finding success on drives. The Rockets have outscored the Thunder 104-34 on drives through two games. Harden has been relentless on drives, both scoring and dishing; Westbrook hasn’t been able to match.