As it turns out, Oklahoma City has not only failed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit, in their history, they've ended up going down in five games in each of the four instances in which they've fallen 3-1.
The Rockets had won all six meetings on the season before getting humbled 121-105 on Saturday.
Barley slipping past the ninth-seeded Denver Nuggets in the wild wild West, Minnesota was rightfully projected to get swept in the first round when facing off against a team that clinched a playoff spot long before anyone else. That gives the Rockets a 5-1 advantage in playoff victories between the teams. The Rockets will need Gordon - or another breakout performance from Gerald Green - in order to reclaim control of this series. The Timberwolves are +5.5 against the Houston Rockets in game 4. Houston now has to regroup and get on track to avoid heading back to Houston tied at two games apiece.
The Rockets went 44-5 when Harden and Paul both played during the regular season.
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Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves looked pretty hopeless at times in the first two games of the series but they took a stand with an impressive effort in Game 3.
For the first time in franchise history, the Rockets (65-17) secured 60-plus wins and the best record in the National Basketball Association. But the Rockets' reserves, particularly reigning Sixth Man of the Year Eric Gordon, have had a disappointing postseason which has not helped Houston's cause. Their shooting falls to 42.1 percent in losses, while opponents are shooting almost 50 percent (49.6). The Rockets' three point shooting has been even worse as they are hitting a paltry 31.5 percent from beyond the arc: they hit 69.6 percent at the charity stripe. The Wolves shot 50 percent Saturday. James Harden had a quiet 29 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Chris Paul had 17 points and six assists. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Karl-Anthony Towns broke out of a slump with 18 points and added 16 rebounds. Of course, those numbers are seriously inflated by their performance in Game 3. Jimmy Butler needs to continue his lockdown defense topped with efficient offense. Rose seems to have supplanted Jamal Crawford in the rotation.
Harden and Chris Paul have each had big games so far this series, but they have not clicked on the same night. Towns put together a solid showing in Game 3 but he did next to nothing in the first two games of the set.