Russell Westbrook ties Wilt Chamberlain's triple-double record

Russell Westbrook ties Wilt Chamberlain's triple-double record

Houston had pushed its lead to 58-42 despite a mini-surge from Westbrook before landing what appeared to be a devastating blow: a 10-0 run that included 3-pointers from Paul and Harden plus three Harden free throws after Paul converted a technical assessed against George for protesting a call.

Paul George led the team with 27 points, four assists and four steals, Jerami Grant added 20 points on eight of 11 shooting while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 15 points with 13 rebounds and 15 assists. Oklahoma City outscored Houston 42-20 in the quarter to even the score at 90. The Celtics collapse corresponded to the loss of Kyrie Irving, who left with a sprained knee in the second quarter, when the game seemed comfortably in hand.

"Offensively and defensively we couldn't get anything right", Harden added.

After committing just two turnovers in the first half, the Rockets had six in the third quarter and shot a miserable 1-of-9 from behind the arc.

The Thunder improved to 2-1 over the Rockets this season and to 36-19 on the season, just one game back of the Denver Nuggets in second place in the Western Conference playoff race.

"Pretty good game for us except for the third quarter".

Houston had won seven of eight home games against Oklahoma City.

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Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told ESPN: "It was a pretty good match-up against Harden". "We had our chances".

Rookie Landry Shamet, newly arrived from Philadelphia, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half. "Maybe being up 22 did it, I don't know".

Still, the Rockets led 86-79 before Thunder guard Dennis Schroder closed the frame with 11 consecutive points to pull Oklahoma City even at 90-all entering the fourth.

Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds as host Memphis, playing its first home game since making two trades at Thursday's deadline, defeated New Orleans.

Thunder's Paul George and Russell Westbrook put on a fantastic performance for Oklahoma City on the road.

"It's just a lot of things". Abrines appeared in just two games since December 23, sitting out because of undisclosed personal reasons. Not only did he set a new season-high in points, but George also spent much of his night guarding James Harden. The Rockets fell to 8-5 without leading rebounder Clint Capela.

Parker had 20 points, and Portis had a game-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's win, during which the Wizards built a 15-point lead in the first half and kept the Bulls at arm's length the rest of the way.

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