Paul George, Thunder Crush James Harden’s Rockets Without Russell Westbrook

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The Oklahoma City Thunder extended their winning streak to seven games Thursday by defeating the Houston Rockets, 98-80, at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Paul George (20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals) led the way for the Thunder, and Steven Adams contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds.

James Harden had 19 points, five assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets, and Chris Paul added 10 points, five assists and six steals. Carmelo Anthony had two points and five rebounds in his return to OKC.

            

OKC Proves It’s More Than One-Man Show

Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook has missed the last two games because of an ankle injury, but that hasn’t stopped the Thunder’s winning streak.

In fact, it has given OKC an opportunity to show how dangerous it can be.

Westbrook is having another strong season, averaging 24.1 points, 8.9 assists and 8.3 rebounds in 2018-19. That type of production is tough to replace, but George and Co. have been more than up for the task.

After an 18-point, seven-rebound performance in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, George played even better against the star-studded Rockets. He helped his team take a 14-point lead into the locker room with a solid all-around effort, notching 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the first half.

People have come to expect that type of effort from the five-time All-Star. However, George wasn’t the only one who came to play.

Adams, Dennis Schroder (14 points), Terrance Ferguson (14), Raymond Felton (10) and Jerami Grant (11) also reached double figures, giving the Rockets more than they could handle. Ferguson, a second-year guard, entered having made just five of 22 attempts from beyond the arc through his first 10 games; against Houston, he made four triples.

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That made life easy for “coach Russ”:

  1. D-Rose Turned Back the Clock and Put Up 50

  2. Dubs Trolled Fergie So Hard It Became a Challenge

  3. CP3-Rondo Blowup Was a Long Time Coming

  4. NBA Let Players Know They Have to Cover Branded Tattoos

  5. The NBA Is Back and the Soccer World Is Pumped

  6. Boban Is Back to Break It Down for Another Season

  7. Players Battle Campers in Rivalry of the Summer

  8. Happy 30th to KD!

  9. Andrew Bynum Is Making an NBA Comeback

  10. Kobe’s Hottest Kicks 👟

  11. The Kyrie-I.T. Trade Shook the NBA 1 Year Ago Today

  12. Dyckman Courts Are the Red Carpet of Streetball

  13. Giannis’ Youngest Brother Could Be the True ‘Greek Freak’

  14. #JamesGang Got AAU Hoops on Lock 🔒

  15. 11 Years Ago, KG Joined the Celtics

  16. LeBron’s School Opens in Akron 💪

  17. Embiid Putting the World on a Poster This Offseason

  18. Kobe’s ‘Mamba Mentality’ Runs in the Family

  19. Artist Paints Over LeBron’s ‘King of LA’ Mural

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There’s no question Oklahoma City will need Westbrook healthy to contend for a championship. However, Thursday night proved the Thunder have plenty of talent around their superstar.

       

What’s Next

Both squads will be back in action Saturday, as the Rockets (4-6) wrap up a five-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs and the Thunder (7-4) hit the road for a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

               

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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November 8, 2018 at 07:33PM

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