Thunder Defense Gets Torched, Rockets Cruise to 122-112 Win in OKC

Russell Westbrook

Thunder Defense Gets Torched, Rockets Cruise to 122-112 Win in OKC

The slide started with a layup from MVP favorite James Harden. That's less likely now that Chris Paul is around. The Rockets got back into it by scoring in the paint on lobs over the top and floaters in the lane, and dominated the paint early.

The Thunder offense wasn't half bad on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City, hitting 12 shots from long distance and 49.5 percent of all field goal attempts.

The Rockets' greater depth in offence proved to be the Thunder's undoing, with seven players cracking double digits. They're just 9-14 against top-eight teams in their own conference so far this season. The Rockets still attacked.

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The win was the third straight for Marquette, which advanced to a quarterfinal showdown against second-seeded Villanova on Thursday night. The Rockets made 17 of 33 3-point shots; the Thunder made 12 of 34.

The Houston Rockets stayed red hot as they extended their winning streak in the National Basketball Association, while reigning champions the Golden State Warriors saw off the Brooklyn Nets. The Thunder, who are seventh in the West and who Houston bounced into a tie in the loss column with ninth-place Denver, have plunged in the other.

"To be 20th in the history of this game is something that I never, ever thought of, ever dreamt of". We get it. It is what it is.

It was true. And the 20 Thunder turnovers didn't help on a night when the two teams combined for 42 giveaways.

But with home games against the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings in their next three outings, they'll have a good chance to put more wins on the board and keep themselves firmly in contention.

Thunder center Steven Adams was named one of the best players under the age of 25 in a recent list by ESPN.

Dario Saric added 19 points with four 3s, and Joel Embiid poured in 18 points. Not since Andre Roberson's January 27 injury, a void that is stunning in its enormity.

Russell Westbrook finished with 32 points, but also nine turnovers.

Next up on the all-time list for Anthony is former Pacers guard Reggie Miller at No. 19. A team that's pacing to break offensive records looked exactly like its reputation would imply. You can't really play the defense that you want, because you know nine times out of 10 he's going to get those calls. "Go out and compete".

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