Thunder 105, Rockets 118: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Thunder 105, Rockets 118: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Thunder 105, Rockets 118: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-12) play against the Houston Rockets (14-14) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Saturday November 26, 2022

Oklahoma City Thunder 105, Houston Rockets 118 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

David Hardisty @clutchfans
#Rockets rookie Jabari Smith Jr. had the highest +/- in each of the last two games. He was +14 in a six-point win against the Hawks and +23 in tonight’s 13-point win against the Thunder. – 12:31 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
The injuries to Poeltl (right quad soreness) and Sochan (right quad contusion) come at a good time with the Spurs not playing again until Wednesday at OKC. – 12:21 AM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets next four games
At Denver
At Denver
At Phoenix
At Golden State
They desperately needed those two wins – 11:44 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
“They took it to us.”
Five takeaways from the Thunder’s stumble in Houston: oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…11:36 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Josh Christopher acting as a reporter at the end of KPJ’s availability to say “No question, we love you bro.” – 10:51 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jalen Green: “I think we’re just tired of losing.” – 10:51 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
BLACK PANTHER NIGHT W
#NBAForever pic.twitter.com/WL400X83yd10:48 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Back at it on Wednesday in OKC.
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/RgU79XqcZy10:35 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jalen Green last 2 games:
28 PTS | 9 AST | 57.9 FG%
30 PTS | 5 AST | 58.8 FG%
Back-to-back wins. pic.twitter.com/SG3o5zdHMf10:34 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Typical Rockets enjoyer watching the win streak pic.twitter.com/NDURImunth10:27 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
We’re talking about the #Rockets rout of the OKC Thunder while the @RGVVipers and TyTy Washington are streaming live.
playback.tv/rocketswatch10:25 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA + Giddey + Wiggins
65 points
24-45 shooting
Everyone else
40 points
14-52 shooting
3rd game in 4 nights including a road back to back and the previous two games both went into overtime.
Bad game, it happens. Fortunately not often for this OKC team.
On to NOP. – 10:23 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Lu Dort played 14 minutes & Poku played 9 minutes in this loss – 10:23 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
FINAL: Rockets 118, Thunder 102
SGA – 32 points
Giddey – 18 points
Green – 28 points, 9 assists, 11/19 shooting, 6/9 from 3
Sengun – 21 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists
Jabari – 15 points, 13 rebounds
KPJ – 16 points
OKC is now 8-12 in the season – 10:23 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
BACK 2 BACK W’S
@ATT | #LightTheFuse pic.twitter.com/iQ8gFpjiG610:23 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets top Thunder 118-105. Led by as much as 27. First winning streak, first blowout win of the season. Sengun with 21 points, career high 19 rebounds, seven assists. Green with 28 points, career high 9 assists. – 10:22 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Houston Rockets have their first winning streak of the season. – 10:22 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Alperen Sengun with 21 points on 10-17 FG, 19 boards, 7 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks against the team that traded him away.
You love to see it. pic.twitter.com/xvOotTLXCl10:21 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Alperen Sengun just fouled out, and he’s getting a well-deserved ovation. 21 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists for Sengun. – 10:21 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Alperen Sengun tonight:
21 PTS
19 REB (career high)
7 AST
10-15 FG
Most minutes this season, Rockets biggest win of the season. pic.twitter.com/q1rEjkyYc310:21 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
All 57 Rockets fans chanting for Boban – 10:20 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Alperen Sengun fouls out with 13.9 seconds left, but he had a decent night
21 points
19 rebounds
7 assists
3 steals
2 blocks
10-of-17 shooting – 10:20 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
“We want Boban” chants have broken out in Houston. Been that kind of night for the Thunder. – 10:18 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
A “We Want Boban” chant has started inside Toyota Center. Bruno Fernando is egging the crowd on – 10:18 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Thought Josh Christopher would have gotten an extended run this half, but he checks in for the final 2 minutes. A strange situation… – 10:16 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Ain’t no way they picked Giddey over SGA 💀 pic.twitter.com/hKV7upEgeR10:16 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Josh Giddey is a -26 in 28 minutes tonight – 10:10 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
14 minutes for Lu Dort and 9 minutes for Poku so far in this game – 10:04 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Silas won’t be pleased with the 19 turnovers Houston had tonight but they’re on their way to their first winning streak of the season. Wasn’t even imaginable a week ago. – 10:02 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Sengun-led fast break to a trailer shooter? Rockets Twitter is bursting at the seams right now. – 9:59 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Bummer that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t get credit for a block on that Jalen Green shot attempt.
SGA has a block in 11 straight games, the 7th longest streak for a guard in NBA history.
He may be done for the night and the streak will come to an end. – 9:55 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Let’s finish this.
Rockets: 95
Thunder: 73
@Kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/KpEvyFnhZk9:52 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 3Q: Rockets 95, Thunder 73
SGA – 32 points
Giddey – 14 points
Green – 28 points
KPJ – 16 points
Jabari – 13 points 12 rebounds
Sengun – 13 points 9 rebounds
Jalen Green (6/8) has made the same amount of 3s as the Thunder (6/31) – 9:52 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
𝗝𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗡 𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡 𝗪𝗛𝗔𝗧?!
@Jalen Green | @NBA pic.twitter.com/Jl02B22Uep9:49 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Working together on both ends
@OGandE Power Play of the Game pic.twitter.com/ViqXkTsird9:43 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Jalen Green with one of the best alley-oop finishes you’ll ever see. My goodness. – 9:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Back to back like I’m G-Bird 🦅 pic.twitter.com/69xKy78Dy79:42 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
This is exactly why the Rockets should offer Stephen Silas a lifetime extension – 9:41 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has his 14th 30 point game of the season.
That’s more than any player in the NBA. – 9:40 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
It took 20 games but it looks like the Thunder are on the verge of their first blowout loss of the season – 9:35 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA and Giddey have combined for 40 points. The rest of the Thunder has 24 points. – 9:33 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jalen Green is 6-of-6 from three. He has 26 points on 13 shots – 9:30 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
From 3 tonight:
Jalen Green – 5/5 (100%)
Thunder – 5/22 (22.7%) – 9:27 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Jalen Green has been awesome tonight. He’s 5-of-5 from three. – 9:26 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has officially scored 5,000 points for his career – 9:24 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA in a bit of pain after twisting his ankle contesting a KPJ 3 – 9:23 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Strong first half from the guys 🚀 pic.twitter.com/IuPxsGYgqo9:05 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
The good news is SGA has 18 points and 2 steals at halftime and the Thunder are the best 3rd quarter team in the NBA.
That’s the end of the good news tweet. – 9:04 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Halftime: Rockets 65, Thunder 44
– Houston 11-19 from three. OKC 4-19 from three
– Jalen Green: 15 pts (6-of-8), 8 ast
– Jabari Smith Jr.: 11 pts, 9 reb
– SGA has 18 of the Thunder’s 44
– OKC 16-4 advantage in points off turnovers – 9:02 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
HALF: Rockets 65, Thunder 44
SGA – 18 points
Green – 15 points 8 assists
HOU shooting 11/19 (57.9%) from 3, OKC shooting 4/19 (21.1%) from 3 – 9:02 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Jalen Green is just hitting everything lol – 8:59 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I would’ve gone to Aaron Wiggins earlier, but I understand Mark Daigneault is using this year to experiment and this is a great experiment. How would the guys fight through having already played 3 games, 2 OT, travel and now their fourth game on the second night of a B2B? – 8:59 PM
Kenny Beecham @KOT4Q
Jabari Smith Jr has turned the corner – 8:58 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
It’s been a while since Houston dominated an opponent in a half like this. Just look poised and confident on both ends of the floor. 56-39 Rockets with 1:44 to go. – 8:57 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
The Thunder are going to have to once again try to get the car back on the road. The question is: Are they driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla or a monster truck to get out of this ditch? All Rockets right now, but a lot stacked against OKC. – 8:56 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
It’s a 20-point lead for the Rockets – 8:54 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
11-5-3 for Sengun. Working right now. – 8:52 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
A Jabari Smith Jr. 3 balloons the Rockets lead to 42-29 at the 5:52 mark of the 2Q
OKC takes a timeout
Thunder offense missing SGA rn – 8:50 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Garrison Mathews is now shooting 44 percent from behind the three-point line since October 24 – 8:50 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Houston in an offensive groove right now. Lead 42-29 with 5:52 to go. – 8:50 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
OKC is 2-of-14 from three. Houston is 8-of-15 from three.
Rockets lead 42-29. – 8:49 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
The only thing holding Alperen Sengun from posting monster numbers on a nightly basis are his minutes and usage, or in other words his… – 8:48 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
𝗢𝗛 𝗠𝗬 𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗜 𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗢𝗡! pic.twitter.com/6W16ICDfIs8:48 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
💥 𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗠 𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗨𝗡 💥 pic.twitter.com/RYHWxkgdDD8:47 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Alperen Sengun grabs the board, goes coast to coast, and dimes to Eric Gordon. pic.twitter.com/Oz4AkawZv18:47 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Earvin “Magic” Sengun? – 8:43 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Wakanda Forever.
@theblackpanther | #NBAForever pic.twitter.com/WLFebRqqjJ8:42 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Do my eyes deceive me or are the Rockets finally using Alperen Sengun as an offensive hub? – 8:42 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Do my eyes deceive me or are the Rockets finally using Alperen Sengun to operate as an offensive hub? – 8:41 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
1 down
Rockets: 23
Thunder: 22
@Kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/MkRNMqEEXB8:37 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 1Q: Rockets 23, Thunder 22
SGA – 13 points
Giddey – 5 points
Sengun – 7 points
Green – 6 points 3 assists
After trailing 14-4, Thunder closed the quarter on an 18-9 run – 8:36 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Oh god Tre Mann just took Usman Garuba’s lunch – 8:34 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
absolute dime
welcome back EG‼️ pic.twitter.com/9AdXxf5b4O8:31 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
first of all gimme that
second of all 𝙎𝙒𝙄𝙎𝙃 💦 pic.twitter.com/jwc9e5Jf0P8:30 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Me watching Thunder vs Rockets, OU vs Texas Tech and Survivor Series pic.twitter.com/odfpyw4HJL8:30 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA and Josh Giddey have scored and assisted 18 straight OKC points. – 8:29 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA just cleanly stole the ball from KPJ for the easy dunk
Game tied at 20-20 with 2:21 left in 1Q
HOU calls timeout – 8:28 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Ousmane Dieng is in. His first Thunder minutes since Nov. 7. – 8:27 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Ousmane Dieng checks in for the Thunder for the first time since Nov. 7 – 8:27 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Ousmane Dieng checks in for the Thunder for the first time since No. 7 – 8:26 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
hard to focus on this Thunder game because I’m trying to find a clip of that Marvin Mims catch – 8:26 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Kevin Porter Jr with a fist pump and a point to Garrison Mathews on the bench after drawing a charge – 8:25 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Active hands lead to the steal and score 👌 pic.twitter.com/yiOmcUc1O38:25 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Oh yeah Sengun is gonna be eating tonight lol – 8:22 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jabari Smith is getting more comfortable with every single possession. Has already racked up 5 rebounds and 1 block in 3 short minutes (granted OKC is small). – 8:18 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIko
Hot start for Houston out the gates..up 14-4 against OKC. Jalen Green doesn’t look like he played a game last night — 6 points, 2-for-2 from three and 2 assists in the game’s first 3 minutes. – 8:17 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault calls timeout as the Rockets take a 14-4 lead.
Don’t be fooled. The Thunder is right where it wants to be. – 8:17 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jalen Green hits back-to-back threes to put the Rockets up 14-4. Might have to take a peak at the play-in standings pretty soon – 8:17 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Another slow start for the Thunder as the Rockets open the game with a 14-4 lead
OKC timeout at the 8:34 mark of the 1Q – 8:17 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Younger average age of roster, Thunder & Rockets or OU & Texas Tech? pic.twitter.com/fq7xk8UBjL8:11 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Let’s get it!
📺 @BallySportsOK pic.twitter.com/REdTIgVP9y8:11 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
It’s going to be funny when the #Rockets trade Eric Gordon and everyone rejoices that KJ Martin is going to get the starting role… only to see it go to Jae’Sean Tate. – 8:02 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Soul crushing stuff for the Mavs in TOR. another big lead gets away. PHX, OKC, WAS & TOR losses when leading by 14+ pts. Other games vs POR & LAC lost 15 and 25 pt leads but still managed to win. Tonight 5-12 from 3pt in 1st Qtr. 6-27 after that. – 8:01 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The Rockets pregame mix has really taken a step forward this season. That’s when you know a rebuild is headed in the right direction – 7:53 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
❝It’s still another game that we want to focus on our principles.❞
Prior to tip, @NickAGallo caught up with @Tre Mann. pic.twitter.com/j122RLq2iP7:50 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Poku vs. Sengun is a peak made-for-twitter matchup. pic.twitter.com/UNrqjVI48T7:47 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Never let ‘em know your next move pic.twitter.com/qxe8R7Xc9s7:41 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Aaron Wiggins, who’s graded out well on both sides of the ball, has as many starts (5) as DNPs (5).
“One of the tradeoffs of playing everybody … is you’ve got to create the space for that.”
More from Mark Daigneault:
oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…7:39 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC starters vs Rockets
SGA
Dort
Giddey
Jalen Williams
Poku
Jabari vs JDub rookie battle will be fun. – 7:36 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Starting 5️⃣ vs. Thunder
@ReliantEnergy | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/hvIZ0I6ulh7:36 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Rockets
– SGA
– Giddey
– Dort
– Jalen Williams
– Poku – 7:31 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets starters
Kevin Porter Jr
Jalen Green
Eric Gordon
Jabari Smith Jr
Alperen Sengun – 7:31 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
You’ll see me tonight alongside the Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy on pre-, half & postgame coverage on @ATTSportsNetSW for #Rockets – #Thunder starting at 6:30p. #LightTheFuse pic.twitter.com/fkFoePfeAV7:15 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
The plan is for Ousmane Dieng to play tonight, Mark Daigneault said. – 6:43 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Rockets have the worst record in the NBA going on 3 straight seasons.
Their talented core is likely improved next year but you don’t go from worst for 3 seasons to the playoffs.
That Houston 2024 1st rounder (top 4 protected) is looking like a great pick or trade asset for OKC. – 6:41 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Pulling up for the weekend shift 🤘 pic.twitter.com/qyiKB5Hk1w6:26 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Fun fact: Paul Watson played 20 minutes for the Thunder the last time it was in Houston. That was just 362 days ago. – 6:15 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Leading up to tonight’s Black Panther theme night, a group of lucky Rockets fans were able to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with @Jabari Smith and @Tari Eason! pic.twitter.com/As6SNcna6o6:00 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
“Wakanda Forever” will be said 50 times during the Black Panther Night broadcast.
@DraftKings | #Rockets5:32 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Aaron Wiggins is entering tonight with consecutive DNPs. Why isn’t he playing more? Here’s what Mark Daigneault said: oklahoman.com/story/sports/n…5:21 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder will look to continue its application of lessons learned as it takes on the Houston Rockets.
@NickAGallo and @ParisNLawson break down what to look for in today’s @OUHealth Game Day Report. pic.twitter.com/hUiaDQqSyh4:51 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder will look to continue its application of lessons learned as it takes on the Houston Rockets.
@NickAGallo and @ParisNLawson break down what to look for in today’s @OU Health Game Day Report. pic.twitter.com/NaPwG7rcSz4:50 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Thunder vs. Rockets injury report:
Alperen Sengun (groin strain) is probable
Jae’Sean Tate (ankle soreness) is out
Bruno Fernando (knee maintenance) is out
Chet Holmgren & Mike Muscala are both out – 4:09 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Weekend hoops vs. the @Oklahoma City Thunder!
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🚀 @theblackpanther pic.twitter.com/VdDiGvt3Ob4:00 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
No officiating errors in the final two minutes of Rockets-Hawks per the L2M Report. No word on the first 46 minutes, however – 3:58 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
The only blemish on the last two minute report from the #Thunder vs #Bulls game. pic.twitter.com/EkLXksZCgk3:58 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“When you’re not rolling… it’s important to be a little more selective”
🏀 Chris Mullin was impressed with Klay’s big night against the Rockets earlier this week.
@Rick Kamla | @adaniels33 pic.twitter.com/Qo494Howkg3:16 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Alperen Sengun upgraded to probable to play for the Rockets vs. OKC tonight. Bruno Fernando out with left knee injury maintenance in the second half of the back-to-back. – 2:37 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
TOP CANDIDATES TO MAKE ALL-STAR DEBUT (as of now)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Lauri Markkanen
Tyrese Haliburton
De’Aaron Fox
Jerami Grant
Jalen Brunson
Brunson would be the first Knicks’ PG to make the All-Star Game since Mark Jackson in 1989.
hoopshype.com/lists/global-r…2:37 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
For honor. For family. For home. Forever.
Join us for Black Panther “Wakanda Forever” night at Toyota Center!
@theblackpanther | #NBAForever pic.twitter.com/yWmDbgDRho2:00 PM

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