Five takeaways from the Thunder's 112-107 win at Houston
In a wild comeback, the Thunder beat the Rockets 112-107 Monday. OKC trailed by as many as 17 points.
Here are five things to know about the Thunder's road win:
Adams out early
Steven Adams was positioning himself to go after an offensive rebound when Houston center Clint Capela went flying into his left side.
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The two crashed to the ground, Capela landing on top of Adams. Adams rolled onto his stomach and shook as he pushed himself back onto his feet.
Less than two minutes into the game, Capela was issued a Flagrant 1 foul for the play. Adams did not play for the rest of the game.
The Thunder center headed toward the locker room after the collision, but in order to keep open the possibility of returning, Adams had to take the free throws awarded for the flagrant foul.
He returned to the floor, missed both foul shots, and limped back to the tunnel.
During the second quarter, the Thunder announced that Adams was questionable to play with a left ankle sprain. Early in the third, he was downgraded to out.
Westbrook records a triple double
Russell Westbrook has recorded 146 triple-doubles in his career. But his 32 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists against the Thunder Monday were special. Before Monday, OKC was the only team, of the 30 in the NBA, that Westbrook had never logged a triple-double against.
In his third game against the Thunder Westbrook checked OKC off his list.
LeBron James was the first player in history to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams, beating Westbrook by two months. The Thunder was also the last team standing in James's way, until he recorded 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against OKC on Nov. 19.
Dort limits Harden early
Rookie two-way contract player Luguentz Dort made his first career start Monday. Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) was out, after so effectively limiting Rockets star James Harden the last time these two teams met. The Thunder needed someone to fill the defensive role that Ferguson vacated. OKC coach Billy Donovan called on Dort.
Harden shot just 3-of-11 and missed all six 3-point attempts in the first quarter, with Dort guarding him for a majority of the period.
Despite finally making his first 3-pointer on his ninth attempt, Harden finished the game shooting 9-of-29 from the field and 1-of-17 from 3-point range.
Dort recorded eight points, two rebounds and two assists.
Veterans pull Thunder back in it
Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to tie the game at 101 apiece, with 4:06 remaining in the game.
Gallinari and Dennis Schroder led the comeback down the stretch, scoring 12 and 15 points in the fourth quarter, respectively.
The Thunder’s veterans led two separate comebacks in a game the Rockets controlled for the majority of four quarters.
Chris Paul was the spark plug in the first half, he scored 27 points in the first half, 20 of which came in the second quarter. He scored 11 straight points to give the Thunder a brief lead in the second period.
Thunder backup center Nerlens Noel (left ankle soreness) also missed the Thunder's game at Houston Monday.
Noel missed six games, from Jan. 6 to Jan. 15 with a left ankle sprain. He has played two games since, scoring 10 and 15 points against Miami and Portland, respectively.
In addition, the Thunder was without Ferguson and Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) Monday.