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THUNDER POSTGAME: Rockets extend winning streak to 16 straight and soar past the Thunder 122-112

THUNDER POSTGAME: Rockets extend winning streak to 16 straight and soar past the Thunder 122-112

The Houston Rockets continue to dominate the Western Conference doing what they do best – winning.

The Oklahoma City Thunder fell short Tuesday night at 122-112 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena as the dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 48 points, and Houston shot 51.5 percent from 3-point range.

Harden went 8-13 from the field and currently leads the NBA in scoring at 32.1 PPG.

Russell Westbrook, however, came to fight tonight putting up 32 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists shooting 15-27 from the field, but going 0-4 from 3-point range. Russ also gave the ball up 9 times. Billy Donovan stated in his postgame presser that turnovers and fouls are what hurt the Thunder tonight, and with Houston shooting 85.3 percent from the free throw line, it did exactly that.

Despite the loss to the Rockets, Carmelo Anthony had himself a night passing Jerry West for the No. 20 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Melo entered Tuesday night’s matchup with 25,187 points needing only five more to pass West.

“I think I should be proud of making that list,” Anthony said. “To be 20 in history during this game is something I’ve never, ever thought of; ever dreamt of.”

Anthony is now only 59 points from passing Reggie Miller for No. 19 on the list, and with him averaging 24.3 points per game in his 15-year career, there’s a strong chance Melo could reach No. 19 by the end of the regular season.

OKC is now 37-29 overall and 21-11 at home. The Thunder will remain in Oklahoma City for the rest of the week hosting the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, and the San Antonio Spurs come to town on Saturday. ¬†Thursday’s tip is set for 7 p.m., and Saturday’s will be at 7:30 p.m.

Watch here to see what Billy Donovan, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony had to say about the loss to the Houston Rockets tonight:

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Graduated from Oklahoma State University; Have been covering college sports and the Oklahoma City Thunder for two years as a reporter and a videographer for 107.7 The Franchise.

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