Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chris Paul Explains How The Rockets Lied To Him About OKC Trade

Chris Paul Explains How The Rockets Lied To Him About OKC Trade

After a 6-11 start, the Thunder have gone 19-8 since and at 25-19 overall entering Tuesday, they sit in seventh place in the Western Conference - just one spot behind 26-16 Houston.

After playing the first 11 seasons of his career for the Thunder, Westbrook completed the 30-team feat, dropping 32 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, making it 146 triple-doubles for his career. "Right now we're at a period where if something is going to go bad, it's bad and when it rains, it pours".

The Rockets play four of their next five games on the road, with a tough stretch of games against the Denver Nuggets (twice), Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz, before taking on the Dallas Mavericks at home.

Though he didn't initially want to go to Oklahoma City, the Thunder (25-20) have wildly exceeded expectations so far this season and are now No. 7 in the Western Conference playoff race - only two games back of the Rockets (26-16) for the No. 6 spot.

Thunder guard Dennis Schroder defended Harden at the top of the 3-point line.

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni was asked what went wrong.

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The Thunder acquired Paul and a pair of first-round picks in a surprise trade that sent two-time league MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in July. His display from beyond the arc tied his own record for the most missed 3-point attempts in a single game. "We played a good game for the most part".

Houston had a 15-point lead before the Thunder scored 13 straight points to come within 100-98 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining.

Westbrook broke a four-minute field drought with just over three minutes to go, following that up with a steal and layup to put the Rockets up 105-102, but from there the Thunder went on a 10-2 run to seal the win. Gallinari led the way in Oklahoma City in that trajectory, made two 3-pointers and added three free throws after a 3-point error.

Thunder: Steven Adams sprained his left ankle on a hard foul by Capela early in the first quarter.

Westbrook now has a triple-double against every team in the National Basketball Association.

Thunder: visit Orlando on Wednesday evening.

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