Harden’s 42 points not enough as Rockets fall to Paul George, Thunder

On Saturday night, sports fans got to see a showdown between two teams full of All-Stars and potential playoff opponents. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets battled at the Toyota Center with James Harden and Paul George each scoring 40-plus points in the game. However, it was PG13’s squad that took the game in the end.

According to ESPN’s report, the Thunder came up with a 117-112 win on the road thanks to George’s 45 points and 11 rebounds. The NBA All-Star starter also recorded three assists and one steal in the victory. His teammate Russell Westbrook had another triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in the game. Some might say it was a quadruple-double if counting his 10 turnovers, which were just two less than Houston’s total for the game.

James Harden finished the game with 42 points on 11-for-28 shooting which included six three-point shots. Fellow starter Chris Paul nearly achieved a triple-double of his own with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Meanwhile, new teammate Kenneth Faried continues to give the team a boost during Clint Capela’s injury. He had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the night.

Oklahoma City improved their record to 36-19 overall with the win and sit at third overall in the Western Conference standings. They currently trail the second-place Denver Nuggets by a game, and the conference-leading Golden State Warriors by 3.5 games. OKC will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (7 p.m. CT).

The Houston Rockets are now 32-23 overall but still lead the Southwest division by 1.5 games over San Antonio. They’re fifth in the West and trail the fourth-place Portland Trail Blazers by 1.5 games. Houston is back in action on Monday as they’ll take on the Dallas Mavericks at home starting at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.