The Oklahoma City Thunder snap a four-game losing streak with Wednesday's 105-103 victory over the Houston Rockets in what was a tightly contested offensive battle.
Defense was in short supply Wednesday night as the Rockets shot 43.5% from the field and 35% from 3-point range. The Thunder shot 47.6% and 48% from beyond the arc. The only Thunder player that did not shoot over 40% on the evening was Andre Roberson (2-for-11).
Amid a four-game skid, Victor Oladipo (29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) and Russell Westbrook (30 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) were the catalysts for a bounce back performance by the Thunder. No other Oklahoma City player scored in double figures.
Westbrook shouldered a heavy burden on both ends of the floor, as he often does, but Oladipo was the player of the game. Oladipo scored 29 points on 66.7% shooting and he was an impressive 5-for-7 (71.4%) from three. He also had 10 rebounds and 5 assists and 2 steals to only 3 turnovers. He did not get to the free throw line at all, though he did not need to. Westbrook fed him early and Oladipo found his rhythm very quickly.
The Houston Rockets did not have a single player score more than 14 points. On the night, forward Ryan Anderson led the usually-potent Rockets in scoring. Superstar James Harden shot 4-of-16 (25%) as he was coping with the defensive clamps of Roberson all game. Harden also missed three free throws, going 4-of-7 from the line, while adding seven rebounds, thirteen assists, three steals, and six turnovers.
Russell Westbrook was the one to take the heart from the Rockets' chest on Wednesday night with this slam (below) all over and up in Clint Capela's business.
this is the most brutal dagger i’ve ever seen in my entire life (every replay of the russ dunk) pic.twitter.com/So6ddUkgth— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) November 17, 2016
The Thunder move to 7-5 on the season (5th in Western Conference) and the Rockets fall to 6-5 (8th in Western Conference). The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Brooklyn Nets in OKC on Friday.