Isaiah Thomas

NBA: James Harden, without scoring 40 points, still leads Rockets to win over Thunder

NBA: James Harden, without scoring 40 points, still leads Rockets to win over Thunder

James Harden was Houston's fourth-leading scorer on Sunday against Oklahoma City.

However, it was clear to everyone that he was the key to Houston's victory.

Lou Williams scored 31 points off the bench, Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the Rockets never trailed while cruising to a 137-125 victory.

“He could've easily gotten 40 points and he could've just kept on going,” Coach Mike D'Antoni said of Harden. “But he knew these guys were going and threw the ball their way. He just plays the game the way it should be played.”

The Thunder’s Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his second straight triple-double and 36th this...

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