Then Khris Middleton forced overtime with an absurd 3-pointer at the buzzer that barely got off his fingertips in time.
The Timberwolves had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go. Lastly, the Rockets escaped with a three-point win over the Timberwolves. Terry Rozier hit a 3-pointer that should have sealed a victory for the Celtics. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers in the offseason.
Overtime was just as wild.
This is going to be an ugly and long series by the looks of it.
The top-seeded Houston Rockets commence their 2018 NBA Playoffs run tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the better eight seeds in recent memory thanks to an absolutely stacked Western Conference.
This is the second time these teams have met in the playoffs.
LeBron James finished with a triple-double in defeat. Green was ejected from the game, but Dieng was not. Coach Mike D'Antoni said there was a chance he could return for Game 2, but that he would know more in the next couple of days.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell had 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he left in the second half with left foot soreness. X-rays came back negative, but it will be something to monitor going forward. Paul George had a huge night, hitting eight 3-pointers on the way to 36 points.
Houston average 122 points per game against the T-wolves, with an average margin of victory of 15 points.