The Houston Rockets produced one of their best performances of the season when they needed it most as they crushed the Golden State Warriors to tie their Western Conference Finals series.
They claimed a huge 127-105 win at home on Wednesday night and bounced back in style from their Game 1 loss.
This display was a reminder of why they were the best team in the regular season and had the best record in the NBA.
Five Rockets players finished in double figures as they put on an offensive clinic, with James Harden and Eric Gordon leading the way with 27 points apiece.
Houston was also locked in defensively and nullified several of the Warriors' offensive weapons on the night.
It was a real team effort by the Rockets as almost every player played their part in the rout.
Unlike their opening game of the series, there was a lot more ball movement in this encounter instead of constantly running iso plays.
Chris Paul was the orchestrator of this and produced some dazzling assists on the night.
His best dime came midway through the second quarter as Houston opened up a big lead to blow the game wide open.
The point guard got out in transition and with the Warriors defence scrambling back, he bamboozled them with an outrageous fake dribble before perfectly kicking the ball out to P.J. Tucker in the corner for a wide-open three.
It was difficult to see this play in real time but the replay gave it the justice it deserved as CP3 dipped into his bag of tricks for a moment of wizardry.
The 33-year-old only had three assists in the first game but finished with six in Game 2 which showed that he was keen to be more of a playmaker for his teammates.
From the naked eye, it looked like the Rockets had changed their strategy on both ends of the floor but Paul insists they didn't make any alterations.
“No. Surprisingly we didn’t change anything," he said after the game. "We guarded the same way. I mean obviously, we played harder. But scheme-wise we didn’t change anything. We just did everything a little harder as we talked about yesterday.”
The performance was as close to perfect as it could possibly be for the Texas-based outfit and they'll now be able to take this momentum into Game 3 as the series switches to Oakland.
With the defending champions stealing home court advantage, Houston will have to win at least one game on the road against a team currently enjoying a 15-game winning streak at home.
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