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Rockets lose final game of season to OKC on Paul George buzzer-beater

On Tuesday night, the Houston Rockets played in their final game for the 2018-19 NBA regular season. Unfortunately, they came away losers to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 112-111, thanks to a game-winner from Paul George.

The game was the final contest on the Rockets’ regular season schedule and in Oklahoma City. Houston was leading at the end of each of the first three quarters of the game. However, Oklahoma City made a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter. That set the stage for George to have some more heroics this season. With the Thunder down two points, PG13 stepped up and nailed a three-pointer with just 1.8 seconds left, per ESPN’s report.

George would finish the game with 27 points on 9-for-25 shooting including four three-pointers. He also had nine boards, three assists, and four steals for the night. His teammate Russell Westbrook achieved another triple-double for his season. This time it was 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for the stat line.

Houston’s James Harden led all players in the game with 39 points on 11-for-28 shooting. Harden also had 10 rebounds, three assists, a block, and a steal. Clint Capela added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Gerald Green provided 15 points off the bench. Despite leading for most of the game, and being up 14 in the fourth, Houston was unable to close things out in their final contest of the season, though.

The loss dropped the Rockets to 53-29 for their overall record and 22-19 on the road. Oklahoma City is now 48-33 and will finish their schedule with an away game Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. That game takes place at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. Eastern Time).

Meanwhile, the Rockets’ regular season is done and they’ll await results from the final NBA games on Wednesday to see their playoff spot. They’re currently in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference. They could move up to the second spot, even without any games left. If the Denver Nuggets fall to the Minnesota Timberwolves in their game Wednesday night, the Rockets will claim the No. 2 seed for the NBA Playoffs.

However, if the Denver Nuggets win on Wednesday it means they’ll claim the second seed. The Houston Rockets could also fall to the No. 4 seed. That would happen if the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.