Gordon, Eason lead Rockets to win vs. Thunder

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During NBA Wednesday night, Eric Gordon scored 25 points and Tari Eason scored 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets over the Oklahoma City Thunder. After dropping 18 of their previous 19 games, the Rockets (13-38) have won three of their last five games.

While Jalen Green was injured, Eason tied a career-high with 13 rebounds off the bench. As the game drew to a close, coach Stephen Silas credited Gordon with keeping this young team focused.

“Eric was so stable tonight and when we went down five or six times he was the one who calmed the guys down, and that’s important,” said Silas. “That veteran presence… was huge tonight.”

In the last four minutes of the game, the Thunder came within 100-98 on two free throws from Darius Bazley and a jump shot from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. After Gordon’s miss, Gilgeous-Alexander made two free throws for Oklahoma City, cutting the Rockets’ lead to 105–100. The Rockets scored the next five runs, including three by Kenyon Martin Jr.

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The Thunder was led by Gilgeous-Alexander’s 24 points and Josh Giddey’s 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

“The best thing Houston did tonight was the way they were ready to play from the jump.” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.

Garrison Mathews and Eason hit consecutive 3s on Mann’s 3-pointer to give Oklahoma City a 90–89 lead in the fourth quarter. Moments later, Eason stole and drove in to make a layup, but couldn’t make it.

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On that possession, Eason missed four straight shots and collected four rebounds, and continued to grab rebounds and miss shots until he finally made the fifth shot, when he was fouled. Houston had a 93-89 lead after making the free throw

“It’s a little bit of both,” Eason said. “Every time I step on the pitch I want to bring a lot of energy, a lot of buzz and that’s exactly what I do.”

A late run by the Thunder, led by seven points from Jaylin Williams, helped Houston take a 72–71 lead after Gordon and Martin basketted early in the third quarter. Midway through the third quarter, the Rockets scored four consecutive points to retake the lead 75–72. With about four minutes left in the third inning, Oklahoma City went on a 7-0 run fueled by Isaiah Joe’s three-pointer.

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At 86-80, the Thunder took control of the game in the third quarter as Gilgeous-Alexander scored all seven points on a 7-1 run, including two 3-pointers. By the end of the third quarter, the Rockets trailed by two points.

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