Sports.ws Game Report
[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and the hometown crowd got exactly what they paid for in the form of a hard-fought 118 to 116 Rockets victory. The win bumps Houston's record up to 28-9 on the season, while the loss drags Oklahoma City's down to 21-16. Though a win's a win and Rockets fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.
An impressive performance from Russell Westbrook led all players in the contest and his 49 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 blocks and 2 steals in 37 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Unfortunately for Westbrook, what really matters - the result on the scoreboard - still leans in favor of the Rockets. Perhaps continued performances like this one in the near future will get Oklahoma City back in the win column before too long.
At the helm for the Rockets in the victory was James Harden and while he may not have posted a more attractive statline than Westbrook, he did help his club walk away with the victory. Harden posted 26 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists in the win.
From a personal standpoint, Russell Westbrook made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 8 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.
Houston's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Thunder, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Rockets will settle for the upper hand in this one.
Up next for the reeling Rockets will be a date with the Orlando Magic while the visiting Thunder will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Denver Nuggets.
Westbrook 68.0 FP
Harden 57.5 FP
Kanter 40.0 FP
|Brett Dawson on Steven Adams|
Steven Adams is not just the anchor of the Thunder's defense but of its place in reality. https://t.co/YvvMnLf5FO
31 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Russell Westbrook|
Russell Westbrook. 7 points, 4 boards in Q1. #NBAVOTE #OKCvsLAC https://t.co/TEdcpzW8CU
34 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Enes Kanter|
Enes Kanter this month has added passing out of the double-team and two-handed dunking to his repertoire.
34 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Anthony Morrow|
Anthony Morrow getting some second-quarter minutes. He hasn't played at all the past four games. About 9 minutes the past 7 games.
36 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Jerami Grant|
Thunder 3FGs in the first quarter: Jerami Grant 2-2, Westbrook 1-2, everybody else 0-8.
39 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Joffrey Lauvergne|
Joffrey Lauvergne 💪💪@NBAonTNT #MLKDay https://t.co/GGmQ0gOQRl
39 minutes ago
|Royce Young on Steven Adams|
Clippers lead 34-25 after one. Westbrook 7 and 4 rebounds (0 assists). OKC clearly missing Steven Adams on the defensive end.
40 minutes ago
|Erik Horne on Andre Roberson|
Andre Roberson 17 footer? Ok then.
41 minutes ago
|Brett Dawson on Victor Oladipo|
Victor Oladipo off to an 0-6 shooting start, 0-2 3FGs. Thunder shooting 8-23, trailing Clippers 26-19, 2:34 1Q.
49 minutes ago
|OKC THUNDER on Jerami Grant|
👌👌Jerami Grant "connects" from three x 2. @USCellular highlight. #OKCvsLAC @NBAonTNT https://t.co/pDugs0xQAf
51 minutes ago
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