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Kevin Durant's 33 sparks Thunder over Rockets

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Kevin Durant put up 33 points and registered 13 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a blowout victory over the Houston Rockets, 117-86. The Thunder had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 47-82 (57.3%) from the field, including 10-22 (45.5%) from three-point range. Oklahoma City (25-5) has now won three straight games.

Durant went 11-17 (3-5 from three-point range) and 8-9 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top performers for Oklahoma City were Jeremy Lamb with 22 points and 5 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson with 16 points and 8 assists. On 6-14 shooting, including 3-7 from behind the arc, Aaron Brooks put up 17 points off the bench for Houston in the loss.

In a battle of top offenses, the unit of Oklahoma City (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious, scoring 1.21 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 63.4%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 45.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 6-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Rockets are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Houston, dropping them to 21-12 on the year.

Coming up next, the Thunder take on the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 24-6 on the year. The Rockets meet the Sacramento Kings, currently 9-20 this season. The Thunder have a 0-1 record against Portland this season. The Rockets have a 0-1 record against Sacramento this season.


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