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Rockets' 6-game win streak ends with 104-87 loss to OKC

UPDATED: February 4, 2021 -- 12:48 p.m. CT

POSTED: February 3, 2021 -- 11:42 p.m. CT

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Chesapeake Energy Arena) -- In their 104-87 win Wednesday night over the Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder made sure the Rockets didn't repeat Monday's 28 three-point barrage (Houston won 136-106 Monday) Wednesday night. In fact, Houston only made 33 field goals TOTAL Wednesday night -- including just 12 three-pointers out of 46 attempts.

The 87 points are a season-low for the Rockets.

The first quarter featured five ties and five lead changes. DeMarcus Cousins' layup with 1:45 remaining in the quarter gave Houston (10-10) and 25-24 lead which proved to be Houston's last lead of the ball game.

OKC (9-11) scored the next six points to finish the first quarter with a 30-25 lead. The Thunder outscored the Rockets 20-6 the first 8:36 of the second quarter. Houston missed 13 of 16 field goal attempts during the stretch.

The Rockets trailed 50-31 with 3:24 left in the opening half when Eric Gordon made three straight baskets. Gordon scored 9 straight points for the Rockets to help Houston crawl within 14 (54-40) with 95 seconds left in the half. DeMarcus Cousins hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds on the game clock to cut Houston's deficit to 54-43 at halftime.

Houston made 7 of 21 field goal attempts in the second period. OKC made 8 of 20 field goal attempts in the quarter.


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Gordon nailed a three-pointer three minutes into the third quarter to pull the Rockets within 8 (58-50). OKC went on a 10-2 run to lead 68-52 with 6:30 on the game clock. The Rockets scored six points the rest of the quarter and trailed 81-28 after 36 minutes.

Houston shot 7 for 24 (29.2%) from the floor in the third quarter. The Rockets were an icy 19.4% (7 for 36) on three-point attempts through three quarters.

OKC led 90-60 with 9:54 on the clock. Houston's offense percolated enough the rest of the game to outscore the Thunder 27-14 for the final 104-87 score.

Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 22 points. Gordon was the only Rockets' starter to make more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts in the game. Gordon made 8 of his 18 attempts while the other Rockets' starters combined to shoot 14 for 41 from the floor.

Victor Oladipo shot 8 for 24 on field goals including 1 for 8 from three-point range. Oladipo missed his first 7 three-point attempts before making his lone three-point basket.

After the game, Oladipo said during his postgame media session, "This loss is on me. I take full blame."

Rockets Head Coach Stephen Silas said, "I'm not satisfied with the effort."

NEXT:

The Rockets' next game is Thursday, February, 4, on the road, against the Memphis Grizzlies. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central Time.

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