While the the wind was blowing outside, it was raining threes for the Houston Rockets inside the Peake on Tuesday. The Rockets hit 17 three-pointers to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-102.
Oklahoma City falls to 37-29 on the season and are now creating separation for the seventh seed in the Western Conference, not the best thing.
Oklahoma City now has lost back-to-back games for the first time since their four-game losing streak in February.
The weapons you saw with the Rockets were just too much. James Harden’s ability to drive and kick. Oklahoma City’s ability to over help and lack of ball movement at times on offense really set the standard.
Houston led 54-45 at halftime and saw their lead balloon to as many as 19 in the second half.
Oklahoma City never found their rhythm offensively and that started with the turnovers. Oklahoma City turned it over nine times in the opening quarter and couldn’t hold on the ball for the life of them.
After scoring 19 points in the first half, Carmelo Anthony finished with 23 points on 8-of-15 (7-of-11 in the first half) and four rebounds. In the first half, Anthony passed Jerry West for 20th all-time on the NBA’s scoring list.
With nine turnovers, Russell Westbrook finished with 28 points on 13-of-25 shooting.
It was the loss of Steven Adams and Paul George that seemed so harmful to Oklahoma City. Both combined for only three points in the first half. They finished with 33 points (George 17, Adams 16) but it was really too late.
Oklahoma City’s defense was non-existent as the Rockets shot over 51 percent from beyond the three-point line and 53.5 percent from the field. Those numbers are nearly unbeatable and the Thunder still only fell by 10.
Corey Brewer made his Thunder home debut. He played his first game with the team last Saturday in Portland. He finished with 10 points in just over 23 minutes, including draining a couple of early three-pointers.
The Thunder pushed the deficit to single digits in the final two minutes of the game but it was a little too late.
The Thunder will now host the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. That is a nice chance to get wa confidence and standing building win. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the Thunder Digest crew of Brady Trantham and Erik Gee will be in arena.
Keys to the Game
Houston nailed 17 threes, shot 51.5 percent from beyond the arc. This is a nearly unbeatable position and if you do this down the stretch, you’re going to be sitting at home in April and May. Oklahoma City has no one to blame for this but themselves.
Oklahoma City only grabbed 33 rebounds tonight. 12 of those were their own misses. It’s really hard to rebound when your opponent isn’t missing a lot of shots. Oklahoma City is so reliant on rebounding, it’s not really that funny.
20 turnovers into 21 Rocket points. They had been averaging about 15½ since the All-Star break and that was still pretty high compared to the league average. Oklahoma City HAS to take care of the ball. They seemed disinterested tonight.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!