Rockets Beat Thunder, But Westbrook Gets 7th Straight Triple-Double

James Harden of Rockets in NBA

OKLAHOMA CITY — James Harden scored 21 points, Patrick Beverley came up big defensively down the stretch and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden, who struggled shooting the ball after going just 6 of 23 from the field and missed nine of his 11 attempts from 3-pointers, added 12 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets (16-7) to win their fourth straight.

Beverley scored just three points on the night but grabbed 12 rebounds and defended Russell Westbrook sternly in the closing minutes to help Houston end Oklahoma City’s six-game winning streak.

In the defeat, Westbrook tallied his seventh straight triple-double to join Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson for the second-longest triple-double streak in NBA history.

The star point guard collected 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to go with three steals for the Thunder (14-9).

Westbrook, who leads the NBA in triple-doubles this season, was recording his 12th of the term and the 49th of his career.

Eric Gordon scored 17 points on 5 of 10 shooting off the bench for the Rockets, Ryan Anderson finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, despite shooting 5 of 15, while Clint Capela chipped in with 13 points and six boards in the win.

As a team, Houston was 36 of 92 from the floor for 39 percent, while shooting 26 percent from 3-point-range on 11 of 42.

Oklahoma City never got going from behind the arc and ended on 7 for 28 from long-range. The home side shot 42 percent overall.

Westbrook finished with another triple-double but was only 8 of 25 from the field.

He missed all seven attempts from 3-pointers, including a potential go-ahead 3-point attempt with six seconds remaining, failed on two late go-ahead layups, and turned the ball over eight times in the defeat.

According to ESPN Stats & Info., the 28-year-old is now “4-27 on potential go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of the 4th quarter/OT in his career” and has come up short in 10 of his last 11 such tries.

The Rockets won the rebounding battle 52-46 and had a 26-18 advantage in assists.

Houston returns to count on Saturday when it hosts the Dallas Mavericks, while OKC is entertaining the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

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