HOUSTON, Texas — The Oklahoma City Thunder (36-19)climbed from a 26-point deficit to defeat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night, behind Paul George’s 45 point, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
“We just never got into any flow, but then I thought once we got some stops, we got out in transition,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Obviously, Paul with what he did tonight was phenomenal, the way he played. And he was on (James) Harden a lot. He was unbelievable tonight on both ends of the floor.”
Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to match the record streak set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.
He has 22 triple-doubles this season and 126 overall.
Dennis Schroder had 17 points off the bench for Oklahoma City who are 3rd in the Western Conference.
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James Harden led the Rockets with 42 points and 2 rebounds. Chris Paul added 18 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals.
“They’re a good team and they played well,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We had our chances. We just didn’t finish off. We came out flat the second half for whatever reason. Maybe being up 22 did it, I don’t know.”
The Rockets are 32-23 overall, standing at 5th place in the Western Conference.
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