HOUSTON (AFP) -The Houston Rockets took down Oklahoma City 112-101 Thursday thanks to a quick start out of the gate and a near triple double from former Thunder star James Harden.
Harden led a half dozen Houston players in double figure scoring with 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in front of a crowd of 18,300 at the Toyota Center arena.
The Rockets had a four-game NBA winning streak come to an end with Wednesday’s 120-113 loss to the Orlando Magic.
On Thursday, Trevor Ariza tallied 17 points and Donatas Motiejunas scored 14 for Houston. Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley and Josh Smith each scored 13 points in the win.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters and Reggie Jackson scored 16 points apiece in Oklahoma City’s third loss in four games.