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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."
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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