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Russell Westbrook wins duel with James Harden but Houston Rockets get W over Oklahoma City Thunder

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Russell Westbrook scored 49 points but missed a three-pointer late that would have given his Oklahoma City Thunder the comeback win versus the Houston Rockets. The Texas team averted a fourth quarter collapse and won a close one, 118-116 on Thursday.

The Rockets had a huge double-digit lead entering the final quarter, 97-83. But Westbrook and the gang rallied to take the 116-114 lead with 1:54 to go in the game off a Victor Oladipo (17 points and 7 rebounds) three-pointer.

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Westbrook (16-of-34 shots, 8-of-15 from 3, 8 rebounds and 5 assists) outduelled former teammate James Harden (26 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists) in this one but just couldn’t get the win for his Thunder.

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Westbrook had multiple chances to give the Thunder the lead but missed three shots at crunch time.

Harden had more help with all Rockets starters scoring in double figures. Nene Hilario had his best scoring game of the season with 18 points while Eric Gordon scored 22 points off the bench.

The Rockets shot 47.7% from the field as a team and survived the night even though they were outrebounded by the Thunder, 54-43. Enes Kanter had the bulk of those rebounds with 15 points and 13 boards.

Houston had 27 assists to OKC’s 15. Harden made a pass to Nene late in the game that led to the game-winning free throws.

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The Rockets won their sixth straight and improved to 15-3 at home this season. The Thunder have lost three straight and four of their last five games. James Harden and Houston will face the Orlando Magic in their next game and Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City take on the Denver Nuggets.

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