The Rockets have been so cold from behind the 3-point line, it seemed inevitable that those shots would finally start to fall. Well, they did on Thursday night against Oklahoma City. But only for the first half and when they stopped dropping in the second half, so did the Rockets chances of winning, as they lost to the Thunder 104-92.
Kevin Durant was sensational, with 36 points, and Serge Ibaka had one of his finest games of the season with 21 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Rockets had a 41-point second quarter and built a 14-point lead that they carried into halftime.
They were dismal on offense in the second half. They made only 7-of-37 shots (19 percent) and scored just 19 points in the entire half. The 10 point third quarter and nine point fourth quarter were their lowest scoring quarters of the entire season.
Six Rockets scored in double figures, led by James Harden and Terrence Jones, who each had 16 points.
The game was over when
Reggie Jackson hit a 27-foot, 3-point back shot with 4:13 left to give the Thunder an eight point lead, 97-89. With the Rockets so unable to score in the second half, that appeared to be an insurmountable lead and it proved to be.
Highlight of the night
Early in the game, with the Rockets down nine, James Harden found an opening in the lane and darted through it. When he got to the rim, he cocked the ball back and threw down a big, bad slam. The Rockets took off from there the rest of the first half.
Numbers of the night
The good numbers were the Rockets were 12-of-20 on 3-pointers in the first half. The bad numbers the six missed 3-pointers on six attempts in the third quarter. Then the Rockets missed all eight 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter, finishing the game, 12-of-34 overall.
The Rockets' season-long, five-game homestand continues on Saturday night with the Milwaukee Bucks in for their only visit to Houston. Houston has beaten Milwaukee in 10 of their last 14 meetings, but split the season series last year, with both teams winning on the road. Milwaukee is the NBA’s worst team at 7-31 and they’re currently on a seven-game losing streak.