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ROCKETS 118 – THUNDER 116
The game of the night featured the latest James Harden/Russell Westbrook duel. The previous two games between these two games featured a two-point win for the Thunder in Oklahoma City and a three-point win for the Rockets in Houston. Things held serve with the Rockets taking home a two-point win at home.
Despite only shooting 6-16 from the field, Harden was huge for the Rockets. He finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. And the biggest play of the game was one that doesn’t show up in the box score. With one last shot at a win, Harden worked a perfect pick-and-roll with an amazing pass to Nene, which got Nene a shot at the rim where he was fouled. Nene proceeded to make both free throws to account for the final margin. OKC got one last look, but Enes Kanter missed a tip off a lob as time expired:
Nene’s winning free throws were part of an 18-point night that saw him shoot 6-6 from the field. Eric Gordon continued his strong play off the bench with 22 points, including five made threes.
The Thunder were led, as always, by Westbrook. Westbrook scored 49 points on 16-34 shooting overall, a career-high 8-15 from distance and 9-11 from the free throw line. Kanter added 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for OKC: