NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Houston 48 25 29 34 136
Oklahoma City 24 30 22 30 106
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , February 1, 2021
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Rockets bring five-game winning streak to Oklahoma City

According to STATS
According to STATS

Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. The Rockets have won only three of their last 10 regular season games against Oklahoma City, but they won four of seven in the first round of last season's playoffs. In fact, since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Rockets are 6-8 against the Thunder in the regular season and 8-4 in the playoffs.
  2. The Rockets have won five straight games after a 4-9 start, holding opponents to 10 points per game fewer during that run (102.2) compared to their first 13 games of the season (112.4). Houston's 102.2 points per game allowed since January 21 is tied with the Lakers for fewest in the NBA in that time.
  3. Of the seven players in Rockets franchise history that have scored at least 130 points in their first six games with the team, two of them (Christian Wood -- 140 points, Victor Oladipo -- 132 points) joined the team this season.
  4. The Thunder lost to Brooklyn on Friday, 147-125, dropping their home record to an NBA-worst 1-6. Oklahoma City has suffered five double-digit home losses in seven home games this season, matching their total from their 33 home games last season.
  5. Theo Maledon went 6-for-6 from behind the arc against the Nets on Friday, becoming the ninth rookie to shoot 6-for-6 from three-point range in a game in NBA history and the first since De'Aaron Fox on January 28, 2018. No rookie has ever shot 7-for-7 or better from three in league history.
  6. The Thunder have been outrebounded by an average of 5.8 per game this season, worst in the NBA, while Houston has lost the rebounding battle by 3.2 per game, tied for fifth worst in the league.

Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas was encouraged by how his team responded after falling behind by double digits in the last two games.

But Silas is hoping for a better start Monday when the Rockets visit the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first of two games there.

"I wish we were starting games better, really," Silas said. "At least we're fighting back. That's one of the things I love about this group -- their competitiveness. Hopefully at some point, we won't have to get down so much early, but we're going to fight back."

Houston has won five in a row to climb back to .500 for the first time since early January.

In Thursday's 104-101 win over Portland, the Rockets trailed by 20 in the first quarter before erasing that deficit by halftime and pulling off the win.

Saturday night, Houston was down by 11 in the first quarter at New Orleans before using a 48-point second-quarter outburst to take control.

It was the third-most points the Rockets had ever scored in a quarter.

"That's a testament to our defense," John Wall said. "We got out, got stops, we're running in transition, was communicating on both ends of the floor. And that makes our team better. When we're committed on the defensive end with all five guys, we're a tough team to compete against because that gets us out in transition, lets us get pace into the game."

Victor Oladipo, acquired in the mid-January trade of James Harden to Brooklyn, has keyed the Rockets' recent resurgence.

He's averaging 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists in six games with Houston.

"We have a bunch of guys who love to play basketball and they're fighters," forward P.J. Tucker said. "Even the games we get down ... you've got to expect us to come back because we got a lot of guys with a lot of pride and they're going to fight every single night and try to win."

The Thunder are coming off a 147-125 loss to Brooklyn on Friday night, the most points the franchise has allowed in regulation since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008.

One encouraging sign to come out of that game for the Thunder was the play of rookie Theo Maledon, who has started the last three games with George Hill out with a sprained right thumb.

Maledon made 8 of 9 shots from the floor against the Nets, hitting all six 3-pointers he attempted to tie an NBA rookie record for most 3-pointers without a miss.

"I think he's capable of that more often," Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said. "Works hard. Does the right things. The basketball gods are just rewarding him."

Maledon is averaging 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists since moving into the starting lineup and has just four turnovers in 85 minutes.

Hill's absence has allowed Maledon, who has normally served as Gilgeous-Alexander's backup, to adjust to a new role.

"He's a point guard," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. "But that doesn't mean he can't play on the court with another one."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 31, 2021

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