Highlights: Rockets fall to Thunder
On the second game of a back to back, the Rockets hung close for a few quarters before the Thunder pulled away hard at the end of the second quarter in a 124-94 Rockets' loss.
Houston turned the ball over 24 times and shot 8-for-30 from distance, a statistic that looks worse without Marcus Morris’ 4-for-6 production from the outside. Morris was the bright spot, finishing with 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, but it certainly was not enough to overcome the Rockets’ mistakes and/or fatigue.
Jeremy Lin had just made a three-point play with about four minutes left in the first half. The Rockets were within two points at 52-50. Those would be their last points of the half.
The Thunder went on an 16-0 run to close the half. They eventually made it an 18-0 run when paired with their first hoop of the third quarter. From that point on, the game was decided. Kevin Durant, who had started 1-for-8 from the field, caught fire quickly and had 11 of those 16 points.
From the floor
The Rockets struggled in all statistical categories, including field goal percentage. They shot 39.8 percent in this one. The three-point shooting was mentioned earlier in the article. It was another area where the Rockets struggled on Saturday night.
At the line
Surprisingly enough, the Rockets also struggled Saturday from the free throw line. They finished 20-for-27 from the stripe.
Lin had a nice three-point play in the second quarter. Unfortunately, those were the final points for the Rockets in the half.
Chandler Parsons also had a nice bucket in the third quarter. Toney Douglas hit an absolute circus shot to beat the third quarter buzzer as he went behind the back, over his shoulder, off backboard, and in.
The Hawks come to town on Monday. Houston beat Atlanta on the road earlier in the season (the second game of the year) when Harden was on a hot streak. He scored a career-high 45 that night as the Rockets beat the Hawks 109-102.