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Solid game from Air Congo tonight: 12 points, 16 rebounds (photo by Sarah Phipps): http://t.co/urRi2gI8ti
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Steve Adams angry, Steve Adams smash (AP photo): http://t.co/fkNoZIj96L
Kevin Durant on the Rockets: "I don't think they're chippy. They're not a dirty team. They play hard."
Patrick Beverley on his matchup with Russell Westbrook: "No message. That's how I play against everybody. No personal battles."
Westbrook on if this was one of the most physical games of the season: "No. Heck no."
Brooks on his little dust-up with James Harden: "My mom wouldn't be proud of me with what I said."
James Harden on Beverley's hounding defense: "That's how he makes his money. That's his identity."
Scott Brooks on Steven Adams' defensive effort: "I was happy. I was doing jumping jacks at halftime."
Brooks on Beverley: "You saw the same thing I saw. There's really not much to talk about. We played a good game. I'll leave it at that."
Scott Brooks on Patrick Beverley: "You guys saw the same thing I saw."
Dwight Howard now in three games against OKC: 9.6 points on 13-38 shooting (34%) and 9.3 rebounds.
These two teams will meet once more, April 4 down in Houston.
James Harden is now 3-9 against the Thunder (including postseason), losing by an average of 13.2 points a game.
Dwight Howard finished with nine points on 4/12 shooting. Solid work from Steven Adams and company.
Thunder beat the Rockets 106-98. Durant with 42 and 4 assists, Westbrook 24 and 7 assists, Ibaka 12 and 16 rebounds, Butler 11.
Final: Thunder 106, Rockets 98. Durant finishes with 42 points. Nobody from either team shakes hands.
Final: Thunder beat the Rockets 106-98. KD with 42 points, Westbrook with 24, Ibaka with 12 and 16. Big win for OKC.
Durant with his 11th game with at least 40 points this season. Carmelo Anthony is next closest with five.
Silly foul by Beverley being over-aggressive. Just put a hand up and give Westbrook that 3. He's 1-for-4 from 3.
Another 40-point game for Kevin Durant. His 11th of the season.
James Harden's been great in this second half. Now has 26 points, nine assists, seven rebounds. Rockets within five, 2:23 left.
Double-double for Serge Ibaka: 10 points, 16 rebounds.
Durant and Garcia now get into it. Durant shoves Garcia. Tech on Durant.
Now Garcia and Durant scrap a bit with KD throwing a high shove. Technical called on KD.
Westbrook-Beverley, Harden-Adams, KD-Garcia. All this game is missing is a Perk-Howard tussle.
I'm not sure KD enjoys roasting anyone in the league more than Francisco Garcia.
Durant hits back-to-back jumpers to push the lead back to 10.
Durant goes on a quick 5-0 run. He's up to 35 points, Thunder lead back to 10.
The Reaper is in the building.
Rockets pull within five at 77-72 with 9:27 left. Houston has weathered the storm and Harden is finding the seams in the Thunder D.
Thunder lead down to five. James Harden with 17 points, nine assists. KD will return after the timeout.
After three, the Thunder leads the Rockets 77-67. Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 30 points.
End 3Q: Thunder up 77-67 on Houston. KD with 30, Westbrook with 19. Houston is 5/18 from three.
Kevin Durant quietly has 30 points on 8-of-15. Third quarter still not over.
Kevin Durant has now scored at least 25 in 29 straight games, tying his career long streak.
Harden looks like he's about to try to take over.
Flagrant foul called on Steven Adams. First scuffle he has been involved that has turned into FTs for other team.
Harden's chatting it up with courtside fans, and then moves to chatting it up with OKC's bench.
James Harden yapping at Steven Adams, then Scott Brooks gets involved. Harden yelling at Brooks: "I ain't flopping"
Now James Harden jumps in Steven Adams' face. Harden then starts jawing at Scott Brooks.
Steven Adams and James Harden go at it, and by go at it, Harden gets in Adams face as he looks over his head and talks to the ref.
Thunder got away with one there. Looked like an offensive foul on Westbrook. Instead it's Beverley's fourth.
That was a bad call. Not sure how that foul is called on Beverley other than the refs are trying to keep this game under control.
Russell Westbrook's stink snarl face game is on point tonight.
Another rough night for Dwight Howard against the Thunder: 2/9 shooting, five points and now four fouls.
Thunder bench outscored Houston's 18-9 in the first half. Caron Butler was important: eight points, 2/3 from deep.
At halftime, the Thunder leads the Rockets 56-41.
Halftime: Thunder up 56-41 on the Rockets. KD with 17, Westbrook with 15. Houston held to 35% shooting.
Thunder lead the Rockets 56-41 at half. Durant with 17 and 3 assists, Westbrook 15 and 4 assists, Butler 8, Jackson 7.
Steven Adams has had a real nice first half: six rebounds, two blocks, solid defense on Dwight Howard.
Durant now telling Westbrook to settle down. He is getting a little carried away. Trying to take on the Rockets by himself.
Quietly, Steven Adams has played a tremendous first half. Howard is 2-7, and Adams is battling him well on the boards.
Three fouls on Beverley. He's a fantastic perimeter defender, but may have got a bit over-aggressive amid dramatic 1st half.
Beverley fouls Westbrook on a 3 and Durant walked by Beverley laughing exaggeratedly.
Remember: Westbrook torched Beverley the entire second half of Game 2 on a torn meniscus. So it's not surprising he's doing it now.
Westbrook isn't just sending Beverley a message, he's sending all of H-Town a message. Something along the lines of "Don't F with me."
Russell Westbrook with an offensive spurt, chirping at Beverley after every hoop. He's got 12, OKC lead has ballooned to 17.
Dwight Howard is 1-for-6 from the foul line, Rockets 12 of 22 from there.
Beverley and Westbrook are non-stop trash talking each other.
If you're not watching this Thunder-Rockets game, you need to flip to NBA TV (or Fox Sports Oklahoma) right now!
Rockets shooting 8-of-28 (28%) in the first half. Best the Thunder defense has played in weeks.
Big-time defensive play from Steven Adams, blocking Dwight Howard at the rim. Russell Westbrook euro-layup, Thunder up 39-30.
Reggie Jackson returns the favor and runs up on Harden as he's trying to call a timeout.
Now Reggie Jackson pulls a Beverley on James Harden, and Harden gives him a hard shove. Fun times.
And here comes Russ...
Fan yells Beverley's name, he hears it, turns around and looks and the fan is pointing his thumbs down. Beverley says, "thank you."
Beverley's back with 8:41...to a chorus of boos.
Houston's 24 points are the fewest the Thunder has allowed in the last nine quarters.
After one, the Thunder leads the Rockets 26-24.
Thunder may have Reggie Williams guarding Dwight Howard by the end of this one. Three fouls on Collison in two minutes.
Three fouls on Nick Collison in two minutes.
Two fouls on Adams, Thabeet and Collison in the first quarter. Serge Ibaka the only big not in foul trouble.
Apparently there's a basketball game going on in front of me still. Kind of forgot about it.
Caron Butler for three. That's gonna be there all game. Houston is leaving him. He's gotta hit it.
You'll be on Shaqtin'-a-fool this week, Dwight Howard.
Rarely-seen double lane violation wipes out a Durant free throw. Jump ball at center court.
Never thought Beverley's original play last postseason on Westbrook was dirty, or at all a bad play. This one? Different. Intent was obvious
Really though, for Beverley to pull the same move on Westbrook, in the SAME SPOT, is just unreal.
Brooks subs Westbrook out for Reggie Jackson. But Jackson was already checking in.
And there they go again.
We've had all this in seven minutes of Beverley-Westbrook. Imagine if we get seven games of it in May.
Beverley and Westbrook get into it again as they hit the floor for a loose ball.
Did Fox Sports ever show the replay?
Thunder fan behind me calls Patrick Beverley a "piece of crap." Beverley does not push him.
Chandler Parsons and Westbrook chirping at each other a second ago.
Robert Pack followed Westbrook all the way to the scoretable talking to him. Now Perk is in his ear. Westbrook's smiling.
Caron Butler checking in for Perry Jones. Hasheem Thabeet in for Steven Adams.
Technical foul only on Beverley there. Refs knew exactly what he was doing.
Technical foul on Beverley.
I would say I can't believe Beverley did that, but then again, I totally can.
Beverley tries the same exact move as Russ is dribbling up court to call a timeout. Westbrook takes exception. The two have to be separated.
Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley getting into it again. Right as OKC was calling timeout, same place the last injury happened.