Whenever the Houston Rockets needed a big basket, James Harden would be there for them. For the seventh time this season, Harden eclipsed the 40-point mark as he scored 41 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field in a Rockets 113-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Harden also grabbed six rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and had two steals. He didn’t have side kick Chris Paul once again because of a hamstring. Paul is expected to be sidelined for another couple of weeks or so.
Eric Gordon scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, recorded four assists, blocked one shot, and had one steal. Clint Capela was a double-double machine in this game for Houston with 16 points and 23 rebounds. P.J. Tucker scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and had two steals.
The Houston Rockets only scored 19 bench points and Austin Rivers had 10 of them. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded a assist. The Rockets outscored the Thunder in the second-half 61-49. Houston’s biggest lead was nine points and Oklahoma City’s biggest lead was 11 points.
Paul George led the way for Oklahoma City with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and three steals. Russell Westbrook flirted with another triple-double. He scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and recorded nine assists. Westbrook also blocked one shot and had four steals. He struggled to make shots down the stretch for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Steven Adams scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jerami Grant scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked three shots, and recorded two steals.
The Thunder bench scored 20 points and Dennis Schroder scored 10 of them. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked one shot, and had one steal.
This is another big win for the Houston Rockets because they have won their last seven-out-of-eight games and Houston continues to climb up the Western Conference standings. This was a game the Oklahoma City Thunder needed to win as well.
These two teams will play each other two more times this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s next game will be on the road against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. The Houston Rockets next game will be at home on Thursday night against the Boston Celtics.