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         === Thunder win, hold Rockets to 19 points in second half ===
 Houston,  TX  ( -  The  Oklahoma  City Thunder  didn't  just
 ratchet  up their defense following a woeful first half, they shut the Houston
 Rockets down.
 Kevin  Durant  had 36 points, seven  assists and five rebounds and the Thunder
 pulled away from the Rockets, 104-92, on Thursday night.
 "Our  defense  was the  reason we won  this game. We  had to stay disciplined.
 Everyone played hard," Durant said.
 The  Rockets led 73-59  at the break after going 12-of-20 from beyond the arc,
 but  missed all  14 of their 3-point  attempts over the final 24 minutes while
 tallying just 19 points.
 The minus-54 point differential is the largest between halves in NBA history.
 "We  did not have  the pace that we had in the first half," Rockets head coach
 Kevin McHale said. "We just couldn't sustain our pace in the second half."
 No  team has registered 70-plus points in the first half and followed with 25-
 or-fewer in the second half since the Seattle SuperSonics on Dec. 21, 2001.
 Reggie  Jackson added  23 points and six  steals for the Thunder, who had lost
 three of their previous four games coming in.
 James  Harden recorded 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against his
 former  team for  Houston, which  had its  three-game winning  streak snapped.
 Terrence Jones chipped in with 16 points and 13 boards in defeat.
 A  Chandler Parsons  layup  pulled  Houston within  90-89  midway through  the
 fourth, but OKC countered with a 13-3 run.
 Jackson  had  seven points during the  surge, which was capped on his windmill
 dunk while on a fastbreak for a 103-92 Thunder advantage with 1:18 left.
 OKC led 36-32 after a quarter of play, but Houston outscored the Thunder 41-23
 in the second to take its 14-point cushion into the locker room.
 Durant's 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer tied the game at 83-83.
                                   Game Notes
 Durant  was just  8-of-21 from the field,  but was 18-of-20 from the foul line
 ...  Houston  shot 56.5  percent (26-of-46)  in the first  half, but just 19.4
 percent (7-of-36) in the second half.
 01/17 01:43:07 ET