James Harden and a Houston Rockets must’ve been subpoenaed before Sunday’s diversion vs. a Thunder. Because all they did was make statements. Harden had a signature opening on inhabitant radio to continue his MVP candidacy with 41 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists on 12-of-22 shooting, and delivered a dagger to assistance Houston hang on for a large win.
And it was a matter win on a highway for a Rockets, who changed a full-game forward of a Grizzlies for a Southwest Division and a 2-seed, and a full dual games over a Clippers. It gives Houston certainty and movement headed into their pivotal two-game set with a San Antonio Spurs that will expected confirm both teams’ playoff positioning.
The Thunder, of course, were lead by Russell Westbrook, who posted his 11th triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. He posted 9 boards, 6 assists, 22 points in a second-half alone, yet also shot usually 5-of-18. The Thunder incited a jets on full blast in a final third and for many of a fourth buliding to lift even and tie a diversion late. But there was usually too many Harden.
For many of a game, yet Houston had all going. Their collect and hurl offense reall harm OKC. Enes Kanter had another clever descent diversion with 21 points, yet OKC unequivocally exploited him defensively in a initial half on a array of lobs that lead to a 9-0 run.
OKC also was worried by a collect and hurl of Houston. Josh Smith was illusory in operative as ball-handler and feeding Dwight Howard, who would have had a bigger diversion if he hadn’t strike his mins limit. Kanter does a good pursuit here of perplexing to redeem after a uncover on Harden and Adams comes adult to plea a hurl by Terrence Jones, yet a OKC invulnerability gets held too low perplexing to help, and that frees adult a corner. That’s a best group offense Houston has to offer.
The Rockets’ transition diversion unequivocally punished a Thunder, who were delayed to get back. Harden again is pivotal for all of this for Houston. He pushes here and a invulnerability is so endangered with his expostulate that they remove JET in a corner. Watch a side-winder pass from Harden and how seamless it is.
For Houston, they get some respirating room and now control their destiny for a 2-seed and homecourt in a initial dual rounds. For OKC, they tumble to usually a half-game forward of a Pelicans. They held a mangle with a Pels’ detriment to Portland Saturday, yet they’re expected going to be in a dogfight to make a playoffs. The dual stars, Westbrook and Harden, were a large story on Sunday yet a diversion was won and mislaid since a Rockets are some-more unchanging on both end, 1-13, possession by possession. Both stars gave MVP-level performances, yet usually one group had a bid and coherence to set his man adult for a win.