Thunder complete largest comeback in team history to beat Rockets

Thunder complete largest comeback in team history to beat Rockets

"Just play basketball, '" Ferguson said.

And D'Antoni was unhappy with the Rockets second half performance. "So we had to come in here and talk and just light a fire under this team and we did that".

"Actually, I'd been seeing it all game", Westbrook said, "so just waiting on the right time to use it".

Like it or not, popularity matters in voting for individual player awards - and Paul George seems to know it. And he was on [James] Harden a lot. He also came up huge on both ends of the floor as the game hung in the balance late.

Defensively, George fought through screens in the final minute to stay on Harden.

At half-time I told the guys everybody's playing uptight.

Westbrook had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds to match the record streak set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968. With the easy win, Houston improved to 32-22 overall and 18-14 on the road.

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Montrezl Harrell led Los Angeles with 21 points off the bench, and Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Harden had 42 points, his 29th consecutive game with at least 30, but he missed a contested three-pointer after Westbrook pushed the Thunder ahead. As a team, the Thunder shot 47 percent from the field and 17 of 44 from the 3-point line as they trailed the Grizzlies in the early going before blowing them out in the second half by 66-42.

That the Thunder won 117-112 on Saturday was a testament to their toughness, to the resilience it takes to battle back from 26 points down to complete the biggest comeback of the franchise's Oklahoma City era.

Westbrook gave the Thunder a one-point lead with a driving layup with 26.9 seconds remaining.

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Utah to its second straight win while sending San Antonio to its fourth straight loss in Salt Lake City, Utah. Houston turned it over on the following inbound play.

George made 12 of 22 shots, hit 6 of 14 3-pointers and made 15 of 18 free throws to finish four points shy of his career-high 49 points set in 2013 with Indiana. Oklahoma City outscored Houston 42-20 in the quarter to even the score at 90. After committing just two turnovers in the first half, the Rockets had six in the third quarter and collapsed with 1-for-9 shooting from behind the arc. After Harden put the Rockets up 112-111 with a running floater as the game clock read 32 seconds, Westbrook gave the Thunder the lead for good with a driving finish of his own, then on the other end forced his former teammate into a hard 27-footer that caromed off the rim.

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

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