George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 10, 2019 12:34 PM
George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets
Oklahoma City Thunder players celebrate after defeating the Houston Rockets 112-111 in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 112-111 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 33rd triple-double of the season and George added 27 points for the Thunder, who won their fourth straight.

James Harden scored 39 points and Chris Paul added 24 for the Rockets.

Harden scored 26 points in the first half to help the Rockets take a 60-51 lead.

The Rockets led 93-80 at the end of the third quarter. Oklahoma City rallied, and it hit another level after Westbrook returned from a rest in the fourth. His three-pointer finally put the Thunder ahead 100-99.

Houston regained the lead, but Westbrook hit a three-pointer with 20.2 seconds left to cut the Rockets' lead to a point. Harden made two free throws at the other end to make it a three-point game. Westbrook dunked with 9.7 seconds left to trim Houston's lead to 110-109.

Harden made the first and missed the second free throw at the other end with 9.4 seconds left to set up George's shot. Houston had one more chance after George's three-pointer, but Harden missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.


Rockets: Harden shot 4-for-11 in the first quarter and still scored 14 points. ... The Rockets shot 16 three-pointers and four two-pointers in the third quarter. ... Houston made 18-of-53 three-pointers after setting the NBA record with 27 made three's Sunday (Monday, PHL time) against Phoenix.

Thunder: C Steven Adams had nine rebounds in the first quarter and finished with 13. ... Terrance Ferguson scored 16 points for his highest-scoring game since Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time). ... Westbrook was called for a Flagrant 1 early in the third quarter for running through Houston's P.J. Tucker. ... It was the 137th triple-double of Westbrook's career, leaving him one behind Magic Johnson for second all-time.


Rockets: Will host a team to be determined in the first round of the playoffs.

Thunder: At Milwaukee on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

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