Rockets Beat Oklahoma City Thunder, Improve To 2-1

James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 40 points

Brandon Scott
October 28, 2019 - 9:38 pm

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Powered by a high-scoring third quarter, the Rockets pulled away from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, spoiling Chris Paul’s return to the Toyota Center with a 116-112 win.

The game changed for the Rockets when they started knocking down 3s. They struggled to find the basket in the first two quarters, but went 5-for-9 from deep in the third.

Oklahoma City made a run in the fourth quarter, but the Rockets were able to withstand it. 

James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 40 points. Russell Westbrook chipped in 21 points, 12 rebounds and was just one assist shy of another triple double.

PJ Tucker went 5-for-7 from the 3-point line to add 17 points. Clint Capela had 15 points and Eric Gordon scored 10 off the Rockets' bench.

Dennis Schroder and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were the Thunder's leading scorer with 22 points apiece. Danilo Gallinari added 17. 

Paul went 6-for-14 with 15 points for OKC.

The win improves Houston’s record to 2-1 on the season. Oklahoma City falls to 1-3.