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Rockets Lose To Thunder In Home Finale

Rockets finish 34-7 at Toyota Center in regular season

April 07, 2018 - 11:36 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Rockets entered Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder having won 20 in a row inside Toyota Center, but on the final home game of the regular season, that streak ended with a 108-102 defeat.

The loss drops the Rockets to 64-16 on the season and they finish 34-7 at home, the third best home record in franchise history.

Oklahoma City led 36-30 after a quarter with the help of 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting form Carmelo Anthony, but the Rockets scored the first seven points of the second only to see the Thunder score the next 10 points. Paul George knocked down a pair of free throws with 6:37 left before halftime to make it an 11-point game, but the Rockets scored the next eight points and lead 62-61 at halftime. James Harden scored 21 points in the half, 17 came in the second quarter.

The Rockets never trailed in the third quarter, pushing their lead to as many as six, but the period eneded on a Paul George 3-point play, so the Rockets led 83-80 going into the final 12 minutes, which is when Oklahoma City took over. 

Houston actually outshot the Thunder in the quarter, 40 percent to 35 percent, but the difference in the game was that the Rockets committed five turnovers in the quarter to none for Oklahoma City, and the Thunder also attempted 17 free throws, while the Rockets didn't take any.

Harden finished as the game's high scorer with 26 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Four other Rockets finished in double-figures led by Chris Paul's 17. P.J. Tucker added 16, while Gerald Green chipped in 14 off the bench.

George and Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 24 points, though the two combined to shoot just 16-of-45. 

Anthony scored 22, but was just 1-of-7 after the first quarter.

Oklahoma City improves to 46-34, and are in a tie for fifth in the West with the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Rockets will head west to close out the regular season with a back-to-back in Los Angeles, against the Lakers, Tuesday, and Sacramento Wednesday.