Rockets vs. Thunder: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

December 9th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

In a battle of statistical monsters, James Harden and the Houston Rockets outlasted Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night to capture a thrilling 102-99 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The loss prevented the Thunder from securing a seventh straight win, but Westbrook made history with his seventh straight triple-double (27 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST). According to's Royce Young, Westbrook tied Michael Jordan with the longest triple-double streak since 1989 by virtue of Friday's prolific performance. 

Westbrook now leads the NBA with 12 triple-doubles on the season, while Harden—who sits one spot back with four—finished the night with 21 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. 

Eric Gordon added 17 points off the bench in the winning effort, and he's now made at least three shots from beyond the arc in eight straight games. 

In a matchup that pitted the Thunder's seventh-ranked defense against Houston's fourth-ranked offense, neither side proved capable of imposing its will during the first half. 

Westbrook stayed the ...

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