Turning point: Kyle Lowry had led a fourth-quarter charge, cutting a deficit that reached 18 to four in a run capped by his 3-pointer. Moments later, however, Chase Budinger missed a wide-open corner 3, and Gordon Hayward took off for breakaway layup and followed with a three-point play for a 10-point lead. The Rockets never challenged again.

Inside the numbers: The Rockets shot just 20 percent (4-of-20) from the 3-point line, a dramatic dropoff from their shooting on the road, where in their recent four-game sweep they had made 54.1 percent of their 3s.