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Bad 3rd Quarter Leads to OKC loss to Houston

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NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since the trade that swapped superstar point guards Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul the Houston Rocket and Oklahoma City Thunder faced off.

Slow Starts

The Rockets respectively gave Paul a tribute video during the game. Moving forward to the game action,the first quarter started off slow.

After being tied 12-12 through the first quarter, the Thunder preceded to go on a large scoring run, and they ended up leading 35-22 at the end of the first.

Apart from that slow start for both teams Westbrook scored zero points in the first quarter. During their first half dominance the Thunder led in total rebounds, and shot over 40 percent from three.

Meanwhile, the Rockets were shooting a woeful 19 percent from three at half. This led to a 62-52 lead for the Thunder at halftime.

When the game changed

The third quarter would be the changing point in the game. Houston would end up winning the quarter 39-18. The rockets opened the quarter on a 17-4 scoring run that included a 10-0 scoring run.

By the end of the third Houston had momentum and a 91-80 lead going into the fourth.

Harden led the Rockets with 40 points, the majority of his points came from him hitting 21 of 22 free throws.

That along with Westbrook pitching in 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists against his former team led the Rockets to a 116-112 win.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder 22 points a piece was not enough to lead the Thunder to victory.

Oklahoma City will have a chance to bounce back on Wednesday night when they host the Portland Trail Blazers.

Poll

What was worse about last night’s game?

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  • 46%
    Seeing Westbrook in another jersey
    (37 votes)
  • 27%
    The third quarter collapse
    (22 votes)
  • 26%
    Losing the game
    (21 votes)
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