NBA Game Summary - Houston at Oklahoma City
(Wednesday, March 24th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 122, Houston 104
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting as the Oklahoma City Thunder led early and never looked back in a 122-104 win over the Rockets, snapping a 13-game skid to Houston.
James Harden added 23 off the bench and Jeff Green chipped in 19 points for the Thunder, who have won seven of their last eight home games.
The Thunder shot 58.8 percent from the floor and moved into sixth place in the Western Conference, a full game ahead of San Antonio. The Lakers downed San Antonio, 92-83, on Wednesday night.
"It was a great game for us. We came back after a tough loss against the Spurs and we bounced back and played great basketball," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "We really did a good job of moving the ball, sharing the ball. Defensively, we held them to a low percentage and that's our style of basketball."
Luis Scola paced Houston with 25 points and six rebounds, but missed nine consecutive shots at one point, as the Rockets dropped their second straight.
Trevor Ariza netted 20 for the Rockets, who remain in 10th place in West, 5 1/2 games behind Portland for eighth place with 12 games to go.
The Thunder started the night on a 9-2 run, capped by a Thabo Sefolosha jumper with nine minutes left in the opening quarter. Scola's hook shot brought Houston within 33-25 with nearly a minute left in the quarter, but the Thunder used a 14-0 run spanning the end of the first into the second for a commanding 47-25 cushion with 10:39 to go in the half. They led by as many as 24 and finished the half with a 74-57 advantage, after shooting a blistering 70.7 percent.
In the third, Oklahoma City never allowed the Rockets to get closer than 15 before ending the frame up 101-82. Scola scored the final five points in 32 seconds to trim the deficit for the Rockets.
The Thunder broke the 120 mark with 2:42 left in the game, as Eric Maynor nailed a running bank shot.
"They were just quicker to the basket and nobody was challenging their shots," Rockets head coach Rick Adelman said. "We were getting beat off the dribble. We knew that they would be very aggressive tonight because they've lost some of their roll and they needed to get a win and there was some resistance only in the first quarter."
Maynor finished with 10 points and nine assists...Kyle Lowry added 15 points off the bench for the Rockets...Oklahoma City converted on 8-of-16 three- pointers and made 20-of-22 free throws...This was the Thunder's first win over the Rockets since April 4, 2006, in Seattle.
03/25 01:05:17 ET