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James Harden and Russell Westbrook dominated the spotlight before the Rockets and Thunder met in Game 1 of their playoff series. It doesn’t get much better in terms of matchups — two of the leading MVP contenders and two of the NBA’s elite guards going head to head.

Aaron Ekblad Womens Jersey But another guard proved the difference for Houston Sunday night in a dominant 118-87 win over Oklahoma City. Starting point guard Patrick Beverley scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds, and looked unstoppable at times, even after he got floored by a brutal-but-legal screen by OKC big man Steven Adams.

The 28-year-old Beverley, who came in averaging only 9.5 points per game, knocked down 4 of 6 treys.
Yes, Harden played well (37 points, nine assists and seven rebounds), but this night belonged to the unheralded Beverley. Although he’s been the starter at the point for the Rockets four seasons, he’s never averaged more than 10.2 points per game.

While esports is huge within some genres and specific games — think the likes of DOTA 2, League of Legends, Counterstrike — it has not taken off with games that represent actual sports. There has been a legitimate question about whether it ever will, given the competition from televised sporting broadcasts and the video games being played in an unrealistic manner that make them unappealing to spectators. The companies have also had to face controversies related to the actions of the competitors who are unaccustomed to being in the public eye, cheating scandals, and various online-related problems.