James Harden completely took over down the stretch as the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-119 last night.
Houston was trailing by 14 points with just over six minutes to go before Harden went off, scoring 14 points in those final six minutes.
The Thunder shot well and got after it on the offensive glass going against a shorthanded Houston team but they turned the ball over 22 times.
The Rockets also made 15 threes in the game and their ball movement on offense was fantastic as they racked up 26 assists.
The Thunder were without Kendrick Perkins for the game who missed it with a sprained right knee.
The Thunder have lost three games in a row for the first time this season now and will look to get back to winning Friday night at home vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 42 minutes, 16 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists – B
Durant got his second career triple-double but he really didn’t play all that well. He was very passive and had five turnovers including a few costly ones in the fourth quarter. He missed his last six shots as well while Harden was taking over on the other end. Durant didn’t look right either and appeared to be injured in some way, possibly the rib contusion he suffered last week is still bothering him.
Russell Westbrook – 42 minutes, 28 points, 8 assists, 10 rebounds – B+
Westbrook had turnover problems like Durant with seven of his own but that is kind of expected with him. He went 8-of-20 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line and nearly had a triple-double of his own. Jeremy Lin simply couldn’t guard Westbrook so it was easy for him to get in the lane and make things happen.
Serge Ibaka – 31 minutes, 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks – B+
Ibaka played a nice game shooting 7-for-11 from the field and five of his rebounds coming on the offensive end. His jumper was going down and he was active for most of the night. He was not the reason the Thunder lost this one.
Kevin Martin – 35 minutes, 15 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist – B
It felt like Martin played a little better than his numbers say. He went just 2-for-7 from three and 5-for-13 from the field. A slightly more efficient night from him would have gone a long way.
Thabo Sefolosha – 39 minutes, 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists – A
Sefolosha’s 28 points were a career-high and he also made 6-of-10 three-pointers. He doesn’t get an A+ because he was mainly checking Harden who also scored a career-high with 46. It wasn’t all on him though and for the most part Sefolosha was really good. He did miss his last few three-point attempts however when the Thunder really needed them but you can’t get on him too much for that.
Hasheem Thabeet – 11 minutes, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block – C+
Thabeet started in the place of Perkins and did not play much. He finished inside a few times and of course blocked a shot.
Nick Collison – 17 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – C
The OKC bigs did not get a lot of rebounds and that has more to do with the fact that Houston shot so well for the game than them getting outworked. Collison should have played more in this game but he fouled out in just 17 minutes. It really may have cost the Thunder the game.
Reggie Jackson – 15 minutes, 6 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound – B
Jackson was solid again scoring a few times and making it look like this is something he is going to be able to do on a regular basis. He did go 0-for-4 from three but that’s not his game as much so we can’t kill him for that.
Perry Jones, III – 8 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block – C+
Jones got a little bit of run in the first half but that was it. He was pretty active and not as passive as he sometimes is.