OKC Thunder come back in historic fashion to defeat the Rockets – Topic: Thunder Podcast

Paul George OKC Thunder (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Despite a 26-point deficit, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 117-112, lead by their All-Star starter Paul George.

What if I told you that the OKC Thunder broke a franchise record tonight for something that really isn’t a good thing, depending on how it turns out? Well, they did, I didn’t leave too much room guessing there and you can probably guess what it was if you were following the game.

The Thunder overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets at THEIR place 117-112. The win was spurred by another triple-double by Russell Westbrook which ties him for the streak of triple-doubles in a row with Wilt Chamberlain.

Paul George continued his sensational season posting 45 points on 12-22 shooting and 6-14 from three to propel himself into the top tier of MVP conversations now.

From Worries to Flurries of Excitement

This game was the tale of two halves for both teams. In the 2nd quarter, the Rockets outscored built a 22-point lead on the back of elite 3-point marksmanship and a large free throw disparity. Houston would lead 70-48 at the half with momentum fully in their wheelhouse.

However, the third quarter saw the Thunder steal back all the momentum with a massive 43-20 quarter.

Through a balanced offensive attack (which the Thunder shot 71.4 percent from the field) and

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swarming defense, OKC pounded the Rockets across the court to draw even at 90-apiece entering the fourth.

The last 12 minutes was everything a fan could want. From defensive rotations to the hands in the passing lanes, OKC made Houston work on every possession. At the end of the night, the Thunder used a 9-2 run in the last two minutes to walk out with the win.

The Thunder is rolling, can y’all hear it yet?

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