Rockets heat up from 3, force Game 5 vs. Thunder

“We’re working through some things, but we all know how to play defense,” Brooks said. “That doesn’t change no matter who you put on the floor.”

Game 5 will be the first game in Oklahoma City since the full extent of Westbrook’s injury was determined. He was hurt in Game 2 when Houston’s Patrick Beverley lunged for a steal and slammed into Westbrook’s knee.

“It’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to all the boos and stuff,” Beverley said. “I understand the crowd is going to be amped up and I hope that’s going to get us that much more focused.”

Added McHale: “In the famous words of Bill Walton, `If they’re cheering you in the opposing gym, you’re doing something wrong.’ I don’t think they’ll be cheering, so he must be doing something right.”

It’s uncertain whether Houston could get starting point guard Jeremy Lin back for Game 5. He missed all of Game 4, was ineffective in Game 3 and sat out the second half of Game 2 with a bruised chest.

“Today I felt better, I definitely felt better,” he said Tuesday. “It’s just time. It’s one of those things where you just have to wait it out.”


AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken contributed to this report from Houston.

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