Houston Rockets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview

By Michael Ma

Jan 16, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

The road to the playoffs doesn’t get any easier for the hobbled Houston Rockets as the Oklahoma City Thunder come to Toyota Center Friday night. Here’s a look at the matchup by the numbers:


The number of consecutive losses for the Rockets to teams with winning records. They’ve lost all 3 meeting against the Thunder so far this season, and haven’t recorded a regular season win against OKC in over a calender year.


Only once this season have the Rockets lost consecutive games at home, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 7 and the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 8. Coming off of a loss at Toyota Center to the Clippers last Saturday, the 11-game home winning streak was snapped.


Kevin Durant is about to be in a company where only Michael Jordan has reached. Durant has scored at least 25 points in 39 straight games, 1 game shy of matching Jordan’s record.


The number of points Durant is averaging against the Rockets this season. He went for 42 points on 12 of 22 shooting in the last meeting, a 106-98 win for the Thunder on March 11.


James Harden has scored at least 25 points in 7 consecutive games, and is on pace to become just the 8th player in NBA history to average at least 25 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds for a season.

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