Russell Westbrook added 24 points, seven assists and four steals
as the Thunder bounced back from Sunday’s loss to the lowly Los
Angeles Lakers. Serge Ibaka grabbed 16 rebounds to go with 12 points
and four blocked shots
James Harden had 28 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the
Rockets, who had a five-game winning streak halted. Chandler Parsons
scored 19 points and Francisco Garcia added 11 off the bench.
Houston trailed by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter but
moved within 97-92 after Harden drained a straight-away 3-pointer
with 2:25 remaining. Westbrook hit three free throws with 1:31 left
to push the Thunder lead to eight and the Rockets were never again
closer than six.
Durant scored 17 points and Westbrook added 15 in a first half that
ended with the Thunder holding a 56-41 lead at the break. Oklahoma
City led by 16 after two free throws by Durant with 4:31 left in the
third before Houston cut its deficit to 77-67 entering the final
GAME NOTEBOOK: Harden was 9-of-21 from the field after going 8-of-25
in this season’s first two meetings with the Thunder. … Durant was
5-of-8 from 3-point range as Oklahoma City went 11-of-29 overall. …
Houston possessed a 42-26 edge in point in the paint.
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