OKC Thunder v. Houston Rockets NBA Playoffs: Thunder goes for sweep without Russell Westbrook

HOUSTON (AP) -- Kevin Durant felt strange playing without injured All-Star Russell Westbrook for the first time in Game 3 against the Houston Rockets.

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He did, however, enjoy handling the ball more in the point guard's absence, and says it reminded him of his days playing street ball.

Durant's 41 points helped the Thunder to the win on Saturday night. A victory on Monday would complete the four-game sweep and send them to the second round of the playoffs.

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The Rockets are searching for ways to slow him down and stay alive in the series. They know that no NBA team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.

But Houston's Chandler Parsons says someone has to do it eventually, and that they're trying to: "shock the world."

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