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James Harden, Houston collapse in 4Q; Thunder shut down Rockets late

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Russell Westbrook felt Kevin Durant backstab him with the decision to sign with Warriors
For Russell Westbrook, trust is a big issue and rumors are swirling that Westbrook felt he was stabbed in the back by teammate and friend Kevin Durant when he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors this summer.

James Harden called Oklahoma City Thunder’s situation this season as a “one-man show” for Russell Westbrook. Victor Oladipo showed Harden and the Houston Rockets that there are at least two superstars in OKC.

Westbrook and Oladipo scored big and led the way for the Thunder, in a stirring comeback win over the Rockets at home, 105-103 on Wednesday night.

The Thunder’s starting backcourt both had impressive stats; Westbrook had 30 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists while Oladipo matched his teammate’s good all-around play with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Oladipo, who was traded from Orlando to OKC last summer, also hit 5-of-7 shots from the three-point area.

Dynamic duo over team play on this Thunder win

The “two-man” show worked for OKC on this night when all of the Rockets who played scored by nine points or more. Houston had seven players in double figures scoring but they collapsed in the fourth quarter when they appeared to have total control of the game.

With 45 seconds left in the third quarter, the Rockets had the 90-80 lead owing to a Harden three-pointer. But the Thunder kept hanging around in the final quarter and finally tied the ball game at 100-all with an Oladipo three-pointer.

OKC’s defense did not allow the Rockets to score in the final three minutes except for a garbage points three-pointer from Eric Gordon as the time expired.

The Rockets host West rivals Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday while the Thunder welcome the Brooklyn Nets on Friday

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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