Thunder rout tired Rockets 117-86

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm •  Published: December 29, 2013
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The Thunder have said Westbrook's latest surgery will sideline him until after the All-Star break. Oklahoma City won 89-85 at Charlotte on Friday night in their first game since that surgery, as Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds.

"The team's going to pick it up," Jackson said. "We're going to do things collectively. We're going to find a way to play, but we all know our limitations. We all know what we're good at. . We don't know, necessarily, where we'll get it from each and every night, but we're just trying to go ahead and find our shots and continue to take them."

Oklahoma City jumped to a 13-0 lead as the Rockets failed to score until Howard hit a 3-foot jump hook with 5:27 left in the first quarter.

The Thunder extended their lead to 22-5 on a driving layup by Thabo Sefolosha and were up 26-14 at the end of the quarter. The Thunder's lead stayed in double digits most of the second quarter and Oklahoma City led 56-44 at halftime.

Parsons opened the second half with a corner 3-pointer to pull the Rockets within nine points, but Durant hit two 3-pointers and Jackson had another during a 15-0 run to give Oklahoma City its biggest lead to that point at 71-47.

Houston came no closer than 17 points the rest of the way.

"We just had a tough time making shots tonight," Howard said. "That happens. We've got to come out better. We've got to find a way to get ourselves going. That's it."

Houston also struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 17 of 31 attempts (54.8 percent).

Sefolosha scored 13 points, one off his season high, for Oklahoma City. Omri Casspi added 15 points for the Rockets.

Notes: Harden, a former fan favorite with the Thunder before being traded to Houston before last season, received a strong mix of boos and cheers during pregame introductions. Right before the tipoff, Harden walked over to the Thunder bench to greet some of his former teammates and coaches ... Houston's 14-point first quarter was a season low and the Rockets' second-lowest quarter of the season . Brooks hit a halfcourt shot at the end of the third quarter, which pulled the Rockets within 90-70.

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