Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets 2/20/13: Video Highlights and Recap
The Houston Rockets scored a huge come-from-behind victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night—rallying back in the fourth quarter to give them a 122-119 victory.
James Harden was the star of the night against his former team—finishing with a career-high 46 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead a spirited comeback against the Kevin Durant-led Thunder.
Harden got the hosts off to a flying start, with the Rockets leading by as many as 12 during the first quarter. Yet the Thunder would rally back in the second quarter—taking it 33-21—to give them a 62-57 lead heading into the halftime interval.
From there, it seemed that the Thunder would never lose it, but with an incredible run in the waning minutes the Rockets took the lead back with two minutes remaining.
And from there, the home side would hang on for a huge win.
Harden's heroics overshadowed incredible performances right across the board for the Thunder, with Durant, Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha all chalking up huge nights. Durant posted just the second triple-double of his career (16 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) whilst Sefolsha's 28 points were also the highest single-game total of his career.
Yet they could not triumph over the Rockets in the end, who ran out three winners on the night, and gave the Thunder their third loss in a row.
Player of the Game: James Harden, SG, Houston Rockets
Who else was it going to be here as the game MVP?
Harden was simply unstoppable for the Rockets here—particularly in the fourth quarter—as he posted a career-high 46 points against his former team.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year's willingness to take the ball and make clutch plays down the stretch proved to be the difference to win this one.
Seven-of-eight from behind the arc? Simply incredible.
A career-night from the guard, who completely deserved the game MVP award.
Up Next for the Thunder
The Thunder's next appearance is back at home on Friday, where they'll take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-34) at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Up Next for the Rockets
Houston's next fixture sees them take on the Nets—playing in Brooklyn this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Nets are currently 32-22 this season and will be gunning for their fourth win in a row.
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