Thunder shut down Rockets for 7th win in a row

Thunder shut down Rockets for 7th win in a row

But Harden was just 7 of 19 from the floor and 4 of 12 from behind the 3-point line. After starting the 2018-19 season with four straight losses, the Thunder have won five straight.

Both teams struggled from behind the 3-point line, though.

The Thunder were without Russell Westbrook for the second consecutive game after Westbrook suffered a sprained ankle in Monday's win over New Orleans.

The Thunder's 98-80 demolition of the Rockets on Thursday was the organization's vision made tangible for at least one night, Game 11 of an 82-game season.

George also had six steals and six assists.

Oklahoma City closed out each of the first three quarters strong.

It was an especially tough night for Chris Paul, as Houston's superstar point guard could not get going against Oklahoma City. Even with Westbrook on the bench, the Thunder will still have the most talented player in the game, with All-Star Paul George leading the charge.

Clearly frustrated over an offensive foul call on him late in the fourth quarter, Paul seemed to execute a fake ball fake at referee Mark Ayotte, who didn't think twice of calling a technical foul on the future Hall of Famer court general. Anthony shot a terrible 1-for-11 from the field, including 0-of-6 from 3-point range.

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