Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Thunder roar back to stun Rockets, Sport

Thunder roar back to stun Rockets, Sport

Harden totaled 42 points, his 29th consecutive game with at least 30, but he missed a contested 3-pointer after Westbrook pushed the Thunder ahead.

When asked about the injury he sustained Harden initially just shrugged off the question.

"He's a pretty strong guy".

"I'm not going to make excuses, They played well".

"We had our chances but we didn't finish up", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"He said, 'Stop thinking".

"He got hit in the first quarter pretty hard, but he'll be alright".

When Paul capped that rally with a midrange jumper, the Rockets led 36-25, and Oklahoma City struggled to build momentum against its lackadaisical ball security and the Rockets' perimeter shooting.

Behind Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Terrance Ferguson's 3-point barrage and Denni Schroder's exceptional shot-making, the Thunder turned the game on its head to overcome the 22-point deficit to draw even at 90-90 by the end of the third.

And it was evidence of the excellence of Westbrook - who tied Wilt Chamberlain's National Basketball Association record with a ninth straight triple-double, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists - and Paul George, who bolstered his.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan praised his two superstars for their containment of Harden across the court.


"It's really incredible", Donovan said.

"He's gonna get his points". "I thought he may have gotten a little exhausted in the second half, but the first half, he was a dog out there". I can see you thinking too much.

The loss puts the Rockets in fifth place in the Western conference and 7.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors. We came out flat the second half for whatever reason.

CHICAGO - Bradley Beal scored 31 points to help Washington beat Chicago in the first meeting between the teams since they swapped three forwards in a multiplayer trade. "It was good. There are a lot of positive things". "So we had to come in here and talk and just light a fire under this team and we did that".

Like it or not, popularity matters in voting for individual player awards - and Paul George seems to know it.

The Thunder made seven of their first eight shots in the third quarter to quickly cut Houston's lead in half.

Oklahoma City fell into a deep hole in the first half following a sizzling second quarter from the Rockets.

There have been closer games this season and even bigger performances-mostly from Harden-but this game was about as interesting as anyone could have possibly imagined.

"We have to be consistent for four quarters", Harden said.

"We just got to watch the film and continue to get better, that's all we can do".

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