Thunder Lose For First Time, Rockets Earn First Win
The Houston Rockets dominated the third quarter, then held on in the fourth to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-105 on Monday night, November 2 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
It was the Rockets first win of the season and the Thunder’s first loss in four games.
Former Thunder star James Harden led all scorers with 37 points for Houston, who outscored OKC 28-14 in the third quarter to erase an 11-point halftime lead for the Thunder.
After the lead exchanged hands several times early in the fourth quarter, the Rockets took the lead for good on a Harden layup to make it 94-93.
The Thunder commited 25 turnovers, offsetting a 55-34 rebound edge they had over Houston.
Kevin Durant led OKC with 29 points, making four 3-pointers.
Russell Westbrook added 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists, but had to sit out most of the third quarter because of foul trouble.
Serge Ibaka added 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks, while D.J. Augustin had 12 points as well.
The Thunder went on 21-4 run to build a lead in the second quarter, eventually reaching 14 late in the first half.
The Thunder fall to 3-1 on the season, and will return home Wednesday night, November 4 to host Toronto at 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena.