It only got easier for the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on James Harden and the Houston Rockets for the second time this season. After beating the Rockets in OKC by 22 a month ago, the Thunder went into Houston and won 124-94 Saturday night to improve to 23-6 on the year.
Russell Westbrook had his best game in awhile scoring 28 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists. Westbrook came into the game shooting less than 40 percent from the field on the year but made half of his 22 attempts tonight.
Kevin Durant struggled by his standards shooting 8-of-18 from the field but still finished with 26 points and made four 3-pointers.
Kevin Martin once again played very well against his former team scoring 19 points off the bench and making 5-of-8 3-pointers.
James Harden had 25 points on the night but shot just 6-of-17 from the field. It wasn’t the same smothering defense he saw when he visited OKC last month but the Thunder were still prepared to prevent him from really going off.
The Rockets were hanging in there early on but defensively they just didn’t pose enough of a threat to the Thunder offense. Once the baskets started coming easily for Westbrook, it was pretty much over.
The Thunder were most deadly shooting from beyond the arc as they made 13-of-29 threes in the game.
The Thunder will be off tomorrow night before going back home to host the Phoenix Suns Monday on New Years Eve.