Despite 33 points from Kevin Durant and 23 from Russell Westbrook, the OKC Thunder still managed to come apart in the fourth quarter Sunday night in Houston, going down in flames 118-110 to James Harden (41 points) and the Rockets.
Harden scored 15 of his 41 in the final stanza.
Westbrook (23/13/9) fell one assist shy of notching his 17th triple-double of the season.
Per the AP:
When Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked what went on in his team’s most recent fourth-quarter collapse, he had a quick answer: […] “James Harden is what happened late,” Donovan said.
Oklahoma City lost its league-leading 13th game in which it held a fourth-quarter lead. The Thunder led by six early in the fourth until Harden hit back-to-back 3s to tie the game at 93. […] With 30 seconds left, Harden stole a pass from Kevin Durant and found Patrick Beverley for a transition dunk to give Houston an eight-point lead and the Rockets held on for an important victory.
Harden scored 15 points in the fourth quarter for his 11th 40-point game of the season, trailing only Stephen Curry’s 12.