RUSSELL Westbrook’s vicious slam capped Oklahoma City’s comeback as the Thunder rallied past the Houston Rockets, 105-103, to snap a four-game losing streak on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook and Victor Oladipo combined for 37 first half points as OKC led Houston, 65-63, at the break in what was poised to be high-scoring but tightly contested match, even with Rockets star James Harden struggling before halftime with just five points on 1-of-6 shooting.
But the Rockets started strong after the break, leading by as much as 13 in the third quarter, and took a 90-85 lead into the fourth. Oladipo capped a Thunder rally with a three pointer with under three minutes left to tie the game at 100-all. Then Westbrook put the finishing touches, slamming one home in front of Clint Capela in the dying seconds to put the game out of reach.
Westbrook finished with 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Thunder break their slump and improve their record to 7-5. Oladipo added a season-high 29 along with 10 boards.
Ryan Anderson led seven Rockets players in double figures with 14 points. Harden had 13 points, 13 assists, and seven rebounds but shot just 4-of-16 from the floor. Capela chipped in a double-double of 13 markers and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who fell to 6-5.