LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — James Harden scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook returned to face his former team in the playoffs for the first time, helping the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-80 on Saturday night for a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series. The Rockets can advance to the conference semifinals with a victory Monday. Westbrook, who had played played just one game since Aug. 4 because of a quadriceps injury — missing the Rockets’ first four playoff games — had seven points, six rebounds and seven assists in 23 minutes. Dennis Schroder led the Thunder with 19 points despite being ejected in he third quarter for hitting P.J. Tucker in the groin. Tucker was ejected for retaliating with a head-butt.
By KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 25 points and the Houston Rockets shook off a terrible first quarter and held on late to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-101 on Thursday night. […]
By KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 37 points and the Houston Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. The Rockets trailed for much […]
By KRISTIE RIEKEN HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected, first-round pick. Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night. The move […]