It was Clutch City playoff style Sunday as the Rockets cruised to a victory over Oklahoma City.
Fans came out early to the pre-game festivities to take it all in.
"It is just really exciting to see the city pumped and getting behind our team. I’m really excited tonight," said Tara May, who's been a fan since the 1980s.
14-year-old Blake Watts brought the picture he painted of James Harden to his first playoff game, perhaps for good luck.
"He’s the best player in the NBA," Watts said.
It was a home crowd excited for the start of what they hope is a long trip through the playoffs.
"Hopefully Harden can put Westbrook in his place and we'll keep moving on or not thinking about them," said May.