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HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets extended the Oklahoma City Thunder at least one more game in the NBA Playoffs with a dramatic 105-103 win in game #4 Monday night at the Toyota Center in Texas. It took Houston a frantic defensive effort in the game’s final 12-seconds when OKC’s Kevin Durant bobbled a dribble off an in-bounds play, point guard Reggie Jackson had to drive the lane and appeared to get fouled by Houston’s Omer Asik, only to see Thunder star Serge Ibaka miss a point-blank follow shot at the buzzer to give the Rockets life in the post-season.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder (again) with 38 points, Jackson tossed in 18 while Kevin Martin added 16 (mostly in the first half) and Derek Fisher had 12 as the Thunder came oh-so-close to sweeping Houston in four games to advance to the next round of the playoffs against the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series. With the loss, the series shifts back to Oklahoma City for game #5 Wednesday night at 8:30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and on national TV. And if Houston wins that game, the series moves back to Houston for game #6 Friday night at the Toyota Center.

Bob Barry Jr. has more of the reaction from the players and coaches after the game from Kevin Durant, head coach Scott Brooks, Derek Fisher, Houston star James Harden, Houston head coach Kevin McHale and Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, on his second start in place of the injured all-star Russell Westbrook.