Durant Ties Jordan But Rockets Prevail
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant tied Michael Jordan’s modern day NBA record of 40 consecutive games of scoring at least 25 points, but the Thunder lost at Houston on Friday night, 111-107.
The Rockets ended a three-game losing streak overall and beat OKC for the first time in four tries this season.
Durant finished with 28 points, but was just 7 of 19 from the field, and didn’t reach the 25-point mark until late in the game on a 3-pointer that cut Houston’s lead to two.
Serge Ibaka had a big game, tying his career high with 27 points while grabbing 9 rebounds and blocking 6 shots.
Three other Thunder players were in double figures, with Reggie Jackson scoring 17.
Jackson started at point guard, as the Thunder rested Russell Westbrook on the second night of back-to-back games.
Caron Butler added 13 points and Jeremy Lamb 12.
Each team hit 13 3-pointers, with former Thunder star James Harden hitting four for the Rockets.
Harden led Houston with 39 points and made 17 of 20 at the free throw line.
The Rockets attempted 37 free throws to just 20 for the Thunder.
OKC trailed most of the game, but a third quarter surge put them up two after three quarters.
Despite the loss, the Thunder clinched the Northwest Division title when Phoenix beat Portland later in the evening.
The Rockets clinched a playoff spot with the win.
The Thunder fall to 55-20 on the season, and continue their four-game road trip Sunday night with an 8:00 tipoff at Phoenix.