USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina breaks down postgame comments from Dallas Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.


The Oklahoma City Thunder are an 0-2 hole after falling to the Houston Rockets 111-98 Thursday afternoon. 

Here are five takeaways from Game 2: 

Offense disappears: The Thunder’s offense looked like it figured something out in the first half. The ball movement that was nonexistent in Game 1 had reappeared. 

But OKC fell back into a funk in the second half. 

The Thunder scored just 19 points in the third quarter and 20 in the fourth. 

The Rockets went on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter without James Harden on the floor. The run extended to 17-0. 

The Thunder, after leading by one point heading into the fourth quarter, trailed by 14 points with 6:43 left. The margin was too large to overcome. 

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Dort returns: After missing Game 1 due to a right knee sprain, Luguentz Dort was back in the Thunder’s starting lineup Thursday. 

As expected, Dort drew the defensive assignment against Harden, and the rookie guard turned in a memorable playoff debut. 

Dort can’t take full credit for Harden’s 5-of-16 shooting line, but he proved his value by pressuring Harden all afternoon. 

He has all the makings of an All-Defensive team player,” Jeff Van Gundy said during the ESPN broadcast. 

Harden attempted nine free throws, as Dort pulled off the challenging task of defending Harden without fouling. 

Dort didn’t finish the game as Billy Donovan turned to the Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder backcourt as the Thunder needed offense more than defense. 

Third quarter runs: After trailing at halftime, the Rockets started the third quarter on a 16-2 run. 

Gilgeous-Alexander ended a six-minute Thunder scoring drought with a step-back 3-pointer. That fueled a 9-0 Thunder run on three 3-pointers. 

Houston won the third quarter 24-19 to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to one point heading into the fourth quarter. 

After no turnovers in the first half, the Rockets turned it over six times in the third quarter.

Raining threes: The Rockets attempted a playoff-record 35 3-pointers in the first half. 

After shooting 8-of-16 in the first quarter, Houston was just 2-of-19 on similar 3-point looks in the second quarter.

The Rockets finished 19-of-56 from deep to set the record for most 3-pointers attempted in a playoff game. 

SGA returns to form: Gilgeous-Alexander was back on the attack after a quiet Game 1. 

The second-year Thunder guard led the team with 29 points on 8-of-16 shooting after attempting just eight shots in Game 1 for nine points. 


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