24 Apr 2017

Thunder blow 12 point lead

12:08 pm on 24 April 2017

New Zealand basketballer Steven Adams is on the verge of an early exit from the NBA playoffs despite producing his highest points tally in a playoff.

Steven Adams

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Adams scored 18 points and made seven rebounds in the Thunder's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets in game four of the best of seven Western Conference first round playoff series.

The Thunder led by 12 points in the third quarter but let the lead slip as the James Harden led Rockets made 40 points in the final 12 minutes.

Adams' team mate, Russell Westbrook, produced another triple double, making 35 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.

The Rockets lead the series 3-1 with game five on Wednesday in Houston.