Thunder vs. Rockets: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

January 5th, 2017 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook erupted for 49 points and drained a career-high eight threes Thursday night, but the Houston Rockets (28-9) got the last laugh when Nene drilled a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to snag a 118-116 win at Toyota Center.

NBA on TNT provided a look at the play that led to the decisive conversions:

In the last-second loss to the streaking Rockets—who have won six straight—the Thunder (21-16) watched Westbrook account for 42 percent of their points, while James Harden and Eric Gordon led Houston's balanced spread attack to a narrow victory.

Harden totaled 26 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds on a night when he was searching for his fourth straight triple-double, while Gordon racked up 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting (5-of-10 from three-point range) off the bench.

All five Rockets starters finished in double figures, and Nene came up large with 18 points and a team-best plus-12 rating in 17 minutes.

Westbrook and Harden starred in the first half with 26 and 19 points, respectively, but the Thunde ...

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