Mar 11, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after making a 3 point shot against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder vs. Rockets Final Score: OKC tops Houston 106-98

The Oklahoma City Thunder got a much-needed win at home Tuesday night against the red hot Houston rockets 106-98.

Kevin Durant scored 42 points to pave the way for the Thunder, who improve to 47-17 with the win.

The Thunder did not shoot exceptionally well from the field but they got to the line a lot, made 11 threes and turned it over just 13 times.

The Thunder’s defense was also noticeably better tonight than it has been of late, especially against Dwight Howard, who shot 4-for-12 from the field and had just nine points.

Russell Westbrook was a man on a mission tonight as he was matched up with Patrick Beverley. Westbrook shot 6-for-14 from the field but went 11-for-14 from the free throw line as he finished with 24 points, seven assists and four steals.

Serge Ibaka was once again very active on the glass in the absence of Kendrick Perkins and with Nick Collison playing just two minutes. He had 16 rebounds (seven offensive) and also had 12 points and four blocks.

Three Thunder bench players played 20-plus minutes. Caron Butler came in and made three three-pointers and scored 11 points. Derek Fisher had six points and five assists and Reggie Jackson scored nine points.

The Thunder will host the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night for their next game.

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