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Rapid reaction: Thunder complete wild comeback in Houston, 104-92

by Anthony Slater Published: January 16, 2014
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The Thunder had a wild comeback in Houston tonight, beating the Rockets 104-92. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

In the first half, the Rockets shot 12-of-20 from three. They scored 73 points. The Thunder defense played like the 2012 West Virginia secondary. Houston looked like they’d never miss again. In the second half, the Rockets shot 0-of-14 from three. They scored 19 points. The Thunder defense looked like the 1985 Chicago Bears. Houston may never make a shot again. Whatever happened in OKC’s locker room at the break, it worked. And that second-half effort produced one of the Thunder’s biggest wins of the season.

Kevin Durant to TNT postgame: “Hold up, they scored 19 points in the second half? Wow, that may be one of the best halves we’ve ever played.”

Star of the game

Kevin Durant was his typically fantastic self: 36 points, five rebounds, seven assists, 18/20 from the line.

Unsung heroes

-Monster performance from Serge Ibaka: 21 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks, 10-of-13 shooting. Was great all night, particularly with his help-side defense. Wish the Thunder would get him even more involved offensively.

-Nice bounceback from Reggie Jackson: 23 points, four assists, SIX steals, one turnover.

Stat of the game

Rockets in the first half: 16-of-46 FG, 12-of-20 3FG, 73 points

Rockets in the second half: 7-of-36 FG, 0-of-14 3FG, 19 points

The game in Vines

Pair of powerful dunks by KD:

KD for three

Steven Adams ticking off another opponent:

Pair of Reggie Jackson daggers to close it out:

Up next

The Thunder has a tough home test tomorrow against the Warriors. Tip at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Will be interesting to see how they respond to this emotional victory.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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