National Basketball Association roundup: George's 45 tops Harden's 42 in MVP-caliber matchup

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2019

George scored 45 points, Russell Westbrook matched the National Basketball Association record with his ninth straight triple-double and Oklahoma City overcame a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 117-112 on Saturday night.

"I'm not going to make excuses, They played well". The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a win and 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games against a team above.600. But with Andre Roberson still rehabbing his left knee and Alex Abrines waived on Saturday, Burton was the latest dip into the Thunder's depth reserves. I'm expecting another close encounter but the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and I like their chances against this Rockets team who is still understrength with Clint Capela still out and Chris Paul still not at 100 percent. Oklahoma City matched the Rockets second quarter output in the third. They had a 10-0 run that included three-pointers from Paul and Harden plus three Harden free throws after Paul converted a technical assessed against George for protesting a call. With the win, the Thunder improve to 36-19, while the Rockets fall to 32-23 on the season.

"We have to be consistent for four quarters", Harden said.

After the game Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni insisted Harden's injury wasn't a major concern for him.

"We just got to watch the film and continue to get better, that's all we can do". We came out flat the second half for whatever reason.

They hit their first seven shots of the quarter and turned the heat up on the defensive end, outscoring the Rockets 42-20 in the third, with Dennis Schroder scoring the Thunder's final 11 points of the period to tie the game at 90-90 heading into the fourth.

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Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds as host Memphis, playing its first home game since making two trades at Thursday's deadline, defeated New Orleans.

"I think he had 25 at the half. It was good. There are a lot of positive things".

Bojan Bogdanovic led a balanced offense with 23 points, the fifth time in his last six games he has topped 20 points, as host in avenged a home loss in December to the Cavaliers.

It was the 40th time that Walker has topped 20 points and the 17th time he's scored at least 30 this season.

Parker had 20 points, and Portis had a game-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's win, during which the Wizards built a 15-point lead in the first half and kept the Bulls at arm's length the rest of the way.

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