NBA GAME RECAPS

NBA Recaps: Rockets rally, take 2-0 series lead

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April 19, 2017 at 10:24 pm.

Apr 19, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) defends during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Photo Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 19, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) drives to the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) defends during the fourth quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Photo Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

HOUSTON — Eric Gordon and Lou Williams caught fire from the perimeter in the fourth quarter and the Houston Rockets erased a 15-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Wednesday night at Toyota Center in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double of 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. However, he shot 4 of 18 in the fourth quarter.

Gordon gave the Rockets their first lead with his 3-pointer at the 8:07 mark of the fourth quarter at 96-94. Williams followed with a trey 27 seconds later before James Harden nailed a 3 to push Houston to a 104-100 lead with 5:16 left.

Gordon delivered the decisive shot with 1:48 remaining, drilling a 28-footer off a Harden pass to extend the lead to eight and give Houston a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night in Oklahoma City.

Wizards 109, Hawks 101

WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 32 points and Bradley Beal had 16 of his 31 in the fourth quarter as Washington outdueled Atlanta to take a 2-0 lead in its Eastern Conference playoff series.

Wall and Beal scored 20 of Washington’s final 21 points in the foul-plagued game after the Wizards trailed 89-88 with 6:03 remaining. That included the team’s final seven field goals. Beal’s layup put Washington up for good at 96-94 and Wall’s free throw with 25.8 seconds left capped the decisive 16-4 run and put the Wizards ahead 107-98

Washington won the series opener 114-107 on Sunday. Wall had 32 points and 14 assists as the Wizards scored 69 points in the second half. The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Saturday. The Wizards have won five in a row over the Hawks.

Paul Millsap had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Dennis Schroder scored 23 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19, but Atlanta shot 4 of 20 on 3-pointers and committed 18 turnovers.