Three takeaways following OKC Thunder historic comeback over the Houston Rockets

Rex Christensen
February 13, 2019

The Oklahoma City Thunder have waived shooting guard Alex Abrines, the team announced on Saturday.

"I do other things to impact the game, I do it every single night".

They hit their first seven shots of the quarter and turned the heat up on the defensive end, outscoring the Rockets 42-20 in the third, with Dennis Schroder scoring the Thunder's final 11 points of the period to tie the game at 90-90 heading into the fourth. He also had 10 turnovers and was 8 of 21 from the field. With the easy win, Houston improved to 32-22 overall and 18-14 on the road.

There have been closer games this season and even bigger performances-mostly from Harden-but this game was about as interesting as anyone could have possibly imagined.

James Harden led the Rockets with 42 points, reaching 30 points for the 29th straight game - two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history, but far behind Chamberlain's record run of 65 games.

Boston scored 15 straight points and finished the first quarter with a 23-point lead, then extended it to 68-40 in the second. Parker scored 20 points and Portis had 10 points and 12 rebounds against their former team, helping Washington to a 64-38 advantage in bench points.

John Collins had 21 points and Trae Young added 20 for the Hawks.

Abrines, 25, had played just 15 minutes since late December, often being listed as inactive due to unspecified personal reasons.

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He also committed five double faults and saved just four of eight break points, as Medvedev won in 76 minutes. Pella took the first set in just 27 minutes, but he was broken in his first service game of the second set.

Reserve Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost four straight and 10 of its last 12. Burton fouled Harden shooting a 3-pointer, nothing to be ashamed of for a rookie on a two-way contract with just 17 games of National Basketball Association experience. They had a 10-0 run that included three-pointers from Paul and Harden plus three Harden free throws after Paul converted a technical assessed against George for protesting a call.

Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis returned to Chicago - the team that traded them this week - and scored 30 points between them to help the Wizards to a 134-125 victory over the Bulls.

Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 22 points and hit a 3-pointer with 7:03 remaining that gave Toronto the lead for good in fending off host NY.

Eric Bledsoe had 19 points for Milwaukee.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 to lead the Spurs.

Orlando has won four of its last five and is now 2 1/2 games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Joakim Noah had season highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead new-look Memphis past New Orleans.

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