Westbrook ties NBA record as Thunder shock Rockets

Aubrey Yates
February 12, 2019

He was carrying a shoulder knock after contact with the 110kg centre Steven Adams.

James Harden drained eight 3-points on his way to a game-high 36 points, Gerald Green added 25 points off the bench, Eric Gordon scored 20 points while Chris Paul chipped in with 15 points and 11 assists.

Russell Westbrook recorded his 9th straight triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 117-112 win over the Houston Rockets, tying Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive triple-doubles.

James Harden led the Rockets with 42 points, reaching 30 points for the 29th straight game - two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history, but far behind Chamberlain's record run of 65 games.

Harden saw a variety of Thunder defenders, with fellow MVP candidate Paul George (45 points on 12-of-22 shooting) taking the bulk of the load.

The Clippers had sliced the deficit to five points heading into the final quarter and back-to-back three-pointers from Shamet knotted the score at 100-100 with 6:42 to play. After dominating Sacramento 44-17 in the second quarter of a 127-101 win in their previous game on Wednesday night, the Rockets outscored the Thunder 42-23 on Saturday night.

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.

"Pretty good game for us except for the third quarter".

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Houston had won seven of eight home games against Oklahoma City. "We had our chances". We came out flat the second half for whatever reason.

"We just got to watch the film and continue to get better, that's all we can do". "Maybe being up 22 did it, I don't know".

There was a big comeback in Boston as well as the new-look Los Angeles Clippers erased a 28-point second-quarter deficit to stun the Celtics 123-112.

Irving didn't return, and the Clippers, playing with four new players acquired at the trade deadline, overcame a 20-point deficit for a victory for the third time in their last five games.

"He'll help us defensively", D'Antoni said. "It was good. There are a lot of positive things". The Thunder posted a 53-39 edge on the glass.

Bojan Bogdanovic led a balanced offense with 23 points, the fifth time in his last six games he has topped 20 points, as host in avenged a home loss in December to the Cavaliers. He has a right thumb injury.

Parker had 20 points, and Portis had a game-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's win, during which the Wizards built a 15-point lead in the first half and kept the Bulls at arm's length the rest of the way.

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