Rockets win Game 7, Heat up 2-0, and Fournette finds a home

By: Frank Hyden

-There was a thrilling Game 7 last night, with the Houston Rockets winning 104-102 against the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the second round, where they’ll face the Los Angeles Lakers. James Harden sealed the win with a block on Luguentz Dort on the final possession. Harden had a bad game overall, 17 points on 4 of 15 shooting with 9 assists so the Rockets were lead by Eric Gordon with 21 points, Russell Westbrook with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Robert Covington with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The Thunder were led by Chris Paul with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists, and Dort with 30 points. However, it wasn’t enough and the lasting image of this game will be Harden racing out to block Dort as he shot a potential series-winning three.

-The other game yesterday ended in controversy. The Miami Heat won 116-114 to take a 2-0 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks. The game was tied as Jimmy Butler took a last second shot to try to win. The refs called a foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo as he put his hand on Butler’s side just after the shot. Here’s SportsCenter’s tweet with the video of it, so you make the call. Butler made his free throws and the Heat won the game. I don’t know, I’m probably more on the side of it’s a foul but I prefer consistency so if it’s a foul in the 1st quarter it’s a foul in the 4th. If it’s a foul for Joe Blowe, it’s a foul for Giannis (or LeBron, Kawhi, etc.). I definitely see why some are upset, though.

-Leonard Fournette has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He should be another weapon for the offense. I’m really excited for the NFL season and the Bucs are one of the reasons why. I want to see how well this team does. I also want to see the Chiefs try to repeat, can the 49ers bounce back from a bad Super Bowl loss, and so on. There’s a lot of great stories heading into this season. Only 1 more week to go before the season starts.

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