Politics Westbrook scores 34 in return, but Thunder roll past Rockets
Harden has 35 as Rockets down Nuggets 130-104
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points after missing the last game with an injury to lead the Houston Rockets to a 130-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. The Rockets were back to full strength after Harden missed his first game of the season because of a sprained right toe in a loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Clint Capela (bruised heel) and Russell Westbrook (load management) also returned after sitting out on Sunday in the 127-112 defeat. BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 130, NUGGETS 104Houston pushed a small lead to a big advantage with a 19-3 run to start the fourth quarter.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder spoiled Russell Westbrook's return.
Westbrook scored 34 points, but the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 113-92 on Thursday night.
Westbrook was a league MVP and two-time scoring champ for the Thunder before being traded to the Rockets last summer for Chris Paul and draft picks. Westbrook was the last remaining player from the team that began playing in Oklahoma City in 2008 after leaving Seattle.
Heat schedule Dwyane Wade jersey retirement ceremony for Feb. 22
The Heat are also expected to one day retire LeBron James’ No. 6 jersey to complete fitting honors for the “Big Three,” who led the team to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances from 2011-14 and two NBA titles (2012, 2013). Interestingly enough — and it stands to reason the Heat had the foresight to plan things in such a manner — Wade’s jersey retirement ceremony is scheduled on an off day for James’ Lakers, who will be in the midst of a three-game home stand.Wade retired following the 2018-19 season as the Heat’s all-time leading scorer.
The fans remember Westbrook as the star who stayed after Kevin Durant left for then-rival Golden State in 2016, and they showered him with appreciation before the game. There was a tribute video, then loud cheers as he was introduced with enthusiasm, in the same manner as a home Thunder player. The crowd stood, cheered loudly and even chanted M-V-P as the announcer moved on to other players. Westbrook even ran over to a corner of the court and exhorted the crowd before the tip, just like he did when he played for the Thunder.
Westbrook scored 18 points in the first half, but the Thunder led 60-48 at the break after shooting 53.8% from the field. The Thunder extended their lead throughout the second half. Westbrook was subbed out with 7:18 remaining.
Carmelo says he considered going to Wizards
It could have been a homecoming for Carmelo Anthony, who spent his formative years in Baltimore.Speaking Friday before Portland’s game against Washington, the 10-time All-Star said that he considered signing with the Wizards before the Blazers made him an offer.
Danilo Gallinari led the Thunder with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points.
Houston's James Harden, who entered the night averaging a league-best 38.5 points per game, was held to 17 on 5-for-17 shooting.
Rockets: Harden wore shoes with Thunder colors as part of an Adidas campaign. ... The Rockets made just 11 of 40 3-pointers. ... Another former Thunder player, Thabo Sefolosha, entered the game in the fourth quarter. ... Houston's point total was a season low.
Thunder: Oklahoma City shot 53.8% in the first quarter to take a 37-21 lead. It was the Thunder's highest-scoring opening quarter of the season. ... Paul scored 18 points and Dennis Schroder added 16. ... Thunder G Hamidou Diallo was issued a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
OKC's SPECIAL UNIFORMS
The Thunder wore special gold and grey City Edition uniforms designed in partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Embiid, with dislocated finger, leads 76ers past Thunder
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 18 points playing with a dislocated left ring finger, Ben Simmons had 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game losing streak, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-113 on Monday night. The 76ers lost all four games on a trip that knocked them down the Eastern Conference standings and raised questions about how far this team can go in the playoffs. They usually last in theThe 76ers lost all four games on a trip that knocked them down the Eastern Conference standings and raised questions about how far this team can go in the playoffs.
Rockets: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.
Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
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DeAndre Jordan's dislocated finger to be re-evaluated in week .
Nets center DeAndre Jordan suffered a dislocated middle finger earlier this week but the injury will not require surgery.In Jordan’s absence, Brooklyn will need to rely heavily on the young tandem of Jarrett Allen and Nicolas Claxton. The Nets will face the Bucks, Sixers and Lakers in their next three contests ,so the absence of Jordan will sting.
Charles Barkley reacts to Westbrook scores 34 in return, but Thunder roll past Rockets
Charles Barkley reacts to Westbrook scores 34 in return, but Thunder roll past Rockets.
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