Thunder welcomes Harden back by taking Game 1 from Rockets

OKLAHOMA CITY — James Harden’s return to Chesapeake Energy Arena for his first playoff game since being traded at the beginning of the season was, of course, received with a chorus of boos as he was introduced. Then the Oklahoma City Thunder crushed Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 in a game that really wasn’t that close at the end. The series resumes Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Game 2.• • •Larry Hill of Oklahoma City hit a half-court shot between the third and fourth quarters of Sunday night's game to win $20,000, the third time this season that a fan has hit that shot.