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   Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams made a crucial intervention on Sunday

AP Oklahoma City Thunder centre Steven Adams made a crucial intervention on Sunday

Still, the Rockets led 86-79 before Thunder guard Dennis Schroder closed the frame with 11 consecutive points to pull Oklahoma City even at 90-90 entering the fourth.

"We just knew we had to have a better second half", George said. It all culminated in a 70-48 deficit for the Oklahoma City going into the second half. "So we had to come in here and talk and just light a fire under this team and we did that".

Westbrook, meanwhile, matched a record set by Wilt Chamberlain with his ninth consecutive triple-double: 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.

"I just got caught up with Adams", he said. And he was on (James) Harden a lot. He also came up huge on both ends of the floor as the game hung in the balance late.

After a quiet trade deadline, Donovan said Saturday there's not a specific player the Thunder's front office is targeting.

"I have fun with the game".

Westbrook had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds. Westbrook has 22 triple-doubles this season and 126 overall. 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.

"I thought we worked hard defensively on him", Donovan said about Harden.

Harden totaled 42 points, his 29th consecutive game with at least 30, but he missed a contested 3-pointer after Westbrook pushed the Thunder ahead.

Harden made 11 of 28 shots from the field and 14 of 15 free throws, but the streak took a backseat as the game evolved into a fourth-quarter dogfight.

The 26-point deficit was Oklahoma City's largest of the season.

NEW YORK (AP) - Marc Gasol had seven points and six rebounds in his Toronto debut and the Raptors sent the New York Knicks to their 16th straight loss, 104-99 Saturday night.

George made 12 of 22 shots, hit 6 of 14 3-pointers and made 15 of 18 free throws to finish four points shy of his career-high 49 points set in 2013 with Indiana.

"We couldn't really make a play, or get rebounds at times that matter". Oklahoma City outscored Houston 42-20 in the quarter to even the score at 90. "We got stops and won a big game on the road". After committing just two turnovers in the first half, the Rockets had six in the third quarter and collapsed with 1-for-9 shooting from behind the arc. With the win, the Thunder improve to 36-19, while the Rockets fall to 32-23 on the season.

"Pretty good game for us except for the third quarter". They have lost four in a row on their eight-game trip while their home arena hosts a 17-day stock show and rodeo.

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