Mar 11, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets 98 - Oklahoma City Thunder 106 (Recap)

For the first time in the month of March the Houston Rockets lose, and unfortunately it was to the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-98. Houston will face the Thunder one more time in Houston on April 4th, with Oklahoma holding a 3-0 game advantage.

On Tuesday night the Rockets offense was non-existent in the first half. Most of the Patrick Beverley, and Russell Westbrook war was the main attraction. Beverley swiped the ball away from Westbrook after a timeout with 6:10 left in the first quarter. Beverley and Westbrook had to be separated, and Beverley issued a technical foul. Beverley and Westbrook got tangled up again about a minute later.

James Harden on Beverley’s hounding defense: “That’s how he makes his money. That’s his identity.”

The closes the Rockets could get the score was 5 early in the fourth but Kevin Durant scored 5 straight and cemented the Thunder lead.

James Harden scored 28 points, 8 boards, and 9 dimes, Chandler Parsons scored 19 and Dwight Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets. Francisco Garcia provided some solid minutes off the bench shooting 4-5 for 11 points.

Houston had won five straight, including victories over Miami, Indiana and Portland.

Houston still has the best record since January 1st, (23-7) and have won 7/10 against teams above .500. There streak of 22 wins in a row when they reach 100 points remained intact.

Houston heads to Chicago to face the Bulls on Thursday night.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Wow another sport i am going to quit on as of today !… i never thought i would quit on the NBA… but tonight’s game was the final straw… i stopped watching all college sports because of the hypocrisy, and the slime balls running it, and now the NBA is definitely off my list… my mind was made up after the first quarter of tonight’s game because i no longer believe what i am watching is genuine….
    I along with others refused to believe the words of former jailed NBA official Tim Donaghy…. no more can i deny it… The NBA is dirty period… it had a dirty official whose words were dismissed as the ramblings of a criminal, news flash… criminals do not always lie, and law abiding citizens do not always speak the truth….

    This Houston, OKC game is a perfect example. Watching Durant get all these
    phantom foul calls , getting countless amount of free throws is quite sickening, this is not the basketball i grew up loving, i grew up watching, i grew up playing from 7 am until it was too dark to tell if a winning shot went through netless hoop or not… it was always a short lived street ball career with the ending of summer, a fast approaching autumn and culminating with a “part time” job working full time hours,
    there was little left for me to do but become an avid viewer of pro basketball and now NBA has taken that away from me…

    Also what is the point of keeping records or stats if an officials judgment can tremendously effect the outcome… I believe NBA officials were given indirect orders to keep Durant’s numbers up, it seems they needs another legit superstar to promote…. if you do not believe me, then explain why Durant goes to the line on ticky tack fouls… i am sure the NBA is aware of this and if the NBA is not acknowledge it, even in private…then it tells me, the NBA is the problem….

    It has become comical, the NBA allowing Durant to still get way with his sweep under the defenders arms… anyone who has ever played the game the right way knows that’s a play on…. why reward a player for cheap fouls……. In the past two games Lebron has driven in the basket countless times, a lot more than Durant, and not 1 free throw for Lebron…i really need someone to explain this… in tonights game Durant made it to the line 14 times by the third quarter…. getting invisible fouls on jumpers… but Lebron bulls his way to the rim and you are telling me he was not not touched? So in short either we still have dirty refs in the NBA , which i do not doubt or the entire NBA is dirty period… and as long as the the NBA ignores this i tend to lean to the latter…. I cannot wait for football season… the last of the major American sport i will watch going foreword… hockey never had me… baseball lost me in ’95 , and now basketball lost me in ’14….r.i.p. forever….