The Houston Rockets pulled out an amazing comeback 113-109 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day.
The Christmas Day match-up in opposition to the conference-rival Rockets in Houston began out nicely for the Thunder, as they benefitted from robust play through their “big three” of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams early on, and took an eight point lead into the halftime locker room. Westbrook even made some NBA history in the first half of action, as he surpassed Scottie Pippen for the most profession steals on Christmas with 25 (h/t ESPN Stats & Info).
However, the proper vibes did not last for the Thunder, as the Rockets established an outstanding second-half comeback thanks largely to reigning NBA MVP James Harden, who tallied his seventh consecutive 30-plus point game; 2d all-time in Rockets franchise history, behind solely Moses Malone’s streak for the duration of the 1981-82 season. Harden finished the recreation with forty one factors – his seventh 40-plius factor recreation of the season. Clint Capela also gave the Rockets a large boost, as he set an NBA Christmas Day record with 23 rebounds.