Thunder Win Streak Snapped, Westbrook’s Streak Lives
One streak ended and another streak was extended for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
The Thunder had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Houston Rockets, who beat OKC 102-99, but Russell Westbrook added to his streak with his seventh straight triple double.
Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, but down the stretch came up short on a 3-pointer that would have given the Thunder the lead.
Houston led most of the game, building the lead to 13 in the third quarter before the Thunder began to chip away at the deficit.
With under two minutes to play, Westbrook hit a floater and was fouled by former Thunder star James Harden.
A made free throw would have tied the game at 98, but Westbrook missed and it was 98-97 Rockets.
On the next possession, Harden missed a 3-pointer, but Ryan Anderson grabbed the airball and put it in to give the Rockets a 100-97 lead with just over a minute to play.
With under 30 seconds to play, the Thunder trailed by one, but Westbrook missed a 3-pointer that would have given OKC the lead.
After Houston made two free throws, the Thunder were down three and had a final chance to tie, but Anthony Morrow missed a three-pointer and the Rockets had clinched a three-point win.
Five Thunder players scored in double figures, with Steven Adams scoring a career high 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Victor Oladipo and Morrow both had 12, while Enes Kanter added 10 points.
Harden led the Rockets with 21 points and had 12 assists.
The Thunder outshot the Rockets 42 percent to 39 percent, but had 17 turnovers and were outrebounded by six.
OKC drops to 14-9 on the season.
The Thunder next will play Boston at home on Sunday night at 6:00 at Chesapeake Arena.