Rockets Scorch Thunder Early and Coast to Win Over OKC
The Houston Rockets went on a 23-2 run early in the game and were never really threatened after that in a 112-101 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
OKC scored the first four points of the game, but Houston answered with 16 straight points, and a 23-2 run, led by four 3-pointers and three Dwight Howard dunks.
The Rockets led 40-18 after the first quarter and built the lead to 26 early in the second quarter.
The Thunder trimmed that deficit to 11 by halftime, but could not get closer than 10 the rest of the game.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Four other Thunder players scored in double figures, with Dion Waiters, Reggie Jackson, and Russell Westbrook all scoring 16.
Westbrook also had 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 8 turnovers.
Serge Ibaka added 13 points and 7 rebounds.
The Rockets made 16 3-pointers, six of those by James Harden, the former Thunder star who led all scorers with 31 points.
All five Rocket starters were in double figures, with six in all scoring at least 10 points.
The Thunder have lost three of their last four games and fallen to 18-20 on the season.
OKC returns home Friday night to host the Golden State Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA, at 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena.