Houston Rockets won a thrilling NBA playoffs series to book their semis spot against the Los Angeles Lakers. Watch the match live.
The Houston Rockets completed the NBA Western Conference semi-final line-up on Thursday after a nerve-wracking 104-102 victory over Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.
The Rockets will now face Western Conference top-seeds Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA semi-final series on Saturday. Watch the match on live streaming.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Luguentz Dort led the charge with 30 points, making him only the third 21-year-old, after LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, to score 25+ points in Game 7 of an NBA playoffs series.
However, it was a crucial last-second block on Dort from former league MVP James Harden that secured the Houston Rockets’ Western Conference semi-final spot.
The other NBA Western Conference semi-final will see the Los Angeles Clippers face the Denver Nuggets, who came back from a 1-3 deficit against Utah Jazz in the first-round playoff series.
Eastern Conference top-seeds Milwaukee Bucks suffered a 114-116 loss against the Miami Heat on Thursday to trail the NBA semi-final playoffs 0-2. They will be looking to bounce back in Game 3 on Saturday.
Reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game-high haul of 29 points was not enough to upstage Miami Heat, for whom Jimmy Butler scored two free throws at the buzzer to secure a close win.
In the other NBA semi-final series, the Boston Celtics have recorded two dominant victories over defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors and will look to seal their Eastern Conference final spot in Game 4 on Sunday.
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat, 4:00 AM IST
Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers, 6:30 AM IST
Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics, 4:00 AM IST
Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Clippers, 6:30 AM IST
Milwaukee Bucks vs Miami Heat, 1:00 AM IST
Houston Rockets vs LA Lakers, 6:00 AM IST
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors, 4:00 AM IST
Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets, 6:30 AM IST
Select matches of the NBA Conference semi-finals are broadcast live in India on the Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels.
Live streaming of the NBA Conference semi-finals in India is available on SonyLIV.
The NBA can also be watched online on the official website with the subscription-based NBA League Pass.