Saturday, 23 February, 2019

James Harden continues scoring streak, Russell Westbrook gets another triple-double

Thunder vs Rockets Predictions and Spread Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 2/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2019, 02:08

Paul George led all scorers with 45 points (12-22 FG, 6-14 3pt FG), 11 rebounds and 3 assists for the Thunder, while Russell Westbrook secured his 22nd triple-double of the season (9th consecutive, tying Wilt Chamberlain for the longest such streak in National Basketball Association history) and 126th of his career with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Westbrook finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, as well as the game-winning bucket and game-winning stop. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games against a team above.600. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 20 of 51 from the 3-point line as they cruised to victory after exploding for 44 points in the second quarter to lead by 31 points going into halftime.

"I have fun with the game".

Houston had pushed its lead to 58-42 despite a mini-surge from Westbrook before landing what appeared to be a devastating blow: a 10-0 run that included 3-pointers from Paul and Harden plus three Harden free throws after Paul converted a technical assessed against George for protesting a call.

After committing just two turnovers in the first half, the Rockets had six in the third quarter and shot a miserable 1-of-9 from behind the arc.

"Pretty good game for us except for the third quarter".

"We had our chances but we didn't finish up", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"We just got to watch the film and continue to get better, that's all we can do".

One game after the Lakers rallied from 18 points down to win in Boston on Rajon Rondo's buzzer-beater - and six days after the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl - the Clippers turned the "Beat L.A.! chants" to boos.

Still, they led 86-79 before Thunder guard Dennis Schroder closed the frame with 11 straight points to pull the team even at 90-all entering the fourth.

Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds as host Memphis, playing its first home game since making two trades at Thursday's deadline, defeated New Orleans. "I thought he may have gotten a little exhausted in the second half, but the first half, he was a dog out there".

Abrines, 25, had played just 15 minutes since late December, often being listed as inactive due to unspecified personal reasons. He has a right thumb injury.

Parker scored 20 points off the bench and Portis chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Wizards reserves outscored their Bulls counterparts 64-38.