Paul, Thunder Rally for 112-107 wins against fighting Rockets

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Paul turned to the man and glanced at him, indicating that the group was fine on the floor before asking, “Can’t you see the score?”

<p class = "Canvas Atom Canvas Text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Paul scored 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 as thunder recovered from a 15 point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat cold-shooting James Harden and that Houston Rockets “Data-reactid =” 33 “> Paul scored 28 points and Danilo Gallinari added 25 when the Thunder defeated James Harden and the Houston Rockets after 15 points in the fourth quarter, 107 on Monday.

While Paul was pleased with his team’s best win of the season, Harden postponed his postgame shower for extra work on his shooting after the Rockets lost their worst fourth installment of the season.

Harden spent about 25 minutes on the court before returning to the locker room, and it was hard to argue that he didn’t need the exercise. The previous MVP scored 29 points, but came out of the 3-point range with 1 out of 17 points to an astonishingly inefficient performance.

“I’m just trying to get back to basics,” he said. “ I think if you have problems, you just try to go back to the basics and basics of your shot and shape, shape shooting and things like that. Stick with your shot. And just every repetition. ”

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Gallinari and Dennis Schroder, who scored 17 of his 23 points after the break, wore the Thunder after the break.

“It was fun to see the boys stay together, keep the course, and hit back,” said Paul.

Houston coach Mike D’Antoni was asked what went wrong.

“Couldn’t make a shot, didn’t take lazy shots,” he said. “ We are currently in a phase where something goes bad when it goes bad, and when it rains, it pours. And it flows. ”

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Harden layup for Houston to cut the lead to one, but Schroder made a 28-second jump shot to make it 110-107. Russell Westbrook awarded a 3 pointer at the other end and Gilgeous-Alexander added two free throws to ensure victory.

“Dennis and Gallinari took some really good strikes aggressively to get us back in the game,” said Donovan. “ And then we got a couple of timely stops and a couple of good rebounds. So it was really a great job from these guys. ”

Houston had a 15 point lead before the Thunder scored 13 direct points to come up with 4 1/2 minutes within 100-98. Gallinari led the way towards Oklahoma City on this stretch, making two 3-point throws and adding three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt.

After that, Harden made one of two free throws, but Gallinari hit again with a 3 seconds later that linked him to 101. Gilgeous-Alexander then made one of two free throws to give Thunder the first lead since the first quarter.

Westbrook scored Houston’s first field goal in over four minutes, with a break of just over three minutes. After a few seconds, he added another layup to give the Rockets a 105-102 lead in two minutes.

The Thunder was 16 points behind after three quarters, but a 9-2 run with a five-point lead over Schroder brought them a 9-1 minute lead within 91: 82 minutes.

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Houston scored the last four points in a third quarter, in which Oklahoma City only scored 14 points to get 87-71 into the fourth.

TIP-INS

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Thunder: Steven Adams At the beginning of the first quarter, Capela had sprained his left ankle in a hard foul. He missed both free throws after the foul and did not play afterwards. Capela was given a flagrant-1. … Paul received a technical argument for a foul call at the beginning of the fourth quarter. “Data-reactid =” 52 “> Thunder: Steven Adams sprained his left ankle at the beginning of the first quarter because of a hard foul by Capela. Both free throws after the foul, then no more game. Capela received an obvious 1 … Paul a technical reason because he had argued about a foul call at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Rockets: G Austin Rivers missed a second game in a row with a right thumb injury. He said he was feeling better and was expecting a return on Wednesday. … Westbrook has scored 30 or more points in five consecutive games.

WESTBROOK TRIPLE ROOM

With his performance on Monday, Westbrook switched to LeBron James as the only player who had a triple double against all 30 current NBA teams. Monday was Westbrooks eighth of the season, 146th of his career and the 42nd time he had a triple double in a 30-point game.

NEXT

Donner: Visit Orlando on Wednesday night.

Rockets: Host Denver on Wednesday night.

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