Kevin Durant scored 42 points, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Houston Rockets 106-98 Tuesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Thunder got back on track after losing their last two games while snapping the Rockets’ five game-winning streak in the process.
For Durant, it was his 11th 40-point game of the season. He shot 12-of-22 from the field, five-of-eight from beyond the arc and 13-of-16 from the free throw line. He also had five rebounds, four assists and a block.
The Thunder pushed their fourth quarter lead to 89-76 on back-to-back three-pointers by Derek Fisher and Durant, but the Rockets rallied back, cutting the lead to five with 1:51 to play.
That’s when Patrick Beverly committed a terribly timed foul on Russell Westbrook, who went to the line and calmly knocked down all three free throws, all but putting the game away.
Westbrook finished with 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
James Harden scored a team-high 28 points, dished out nine assists and had eight rebounds for the Rockets while Chandler Parsons chipped in 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Dwight Howard shot just four-of-12 from the field and was held to nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder are now 47-17 and the Rockets are 44-20.