Thunder top Rockets without Westbrook for 7th straight win

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of an NBA ba

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of an NBA ba

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) goes up for a dunk over Houston Rockets forward James Ennis III (8) during the first half of an NBA bas

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) goes up for a dunk over Houston Rockets forward James Ennis III (8) during the first half of an NBA bas

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) shoots over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) shoots over Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thu

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) goes up for a basket against the Houston Rockets during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thu

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) shoots between Houston Rockets forward Gary Clark (6) and forward PJ Tucker (17)during the first half o

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) shoots between Houston Rockets forward Gary Clark (6) and forward PJ Tucker (17)during the first half o

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket between Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward PJ Tucker (17) during

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket between Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward PJ Tucker (17) during

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, bottom, and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, top, compete for a loose ball during the first half of an

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, bottom, and Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, top, compete for a loose ball during the first half of an

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (54) defends as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots during the first half of an NBA basketb

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (54) defends as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots during the first half of an NBA basketb

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) drives to the basket as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) defends during the first half of an NB

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) drives to the basket as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) defends during the first half of an NB

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) goes up for a basket ahead of Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) during the first half of an NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) goes up for a basket ahead of Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) during the first half of an NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a basket in front of Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo (6) goes up for a basket in front of Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (54) shoots as Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson (54) shoots as Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) looks to pass as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) defends during the first half of an NBA basketb

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) looks to pass as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) defends during the first half of an NBA basketb

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 20 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 98-80 on Thursday night without point guard Russell Westbrook for their seventh straight victory.

Westbrook missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. George also had 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals. The Thunder were 0-4 before the streak.

Steven Adams had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrance Ferguson and Dennis Schroder each added 14 points for Oklahoma City. All five Thunder starters scored in double figures before the end of the third quarter.

James Harden scored 19 points, but made just 7 of 19 shots for the Rockets. Clint Capela added 17 points for Houston, which had won three in a row.

Houston's Carmelo Anthony, who played for the Thunder last season and was traded this summer, scored two points on 1-for-11 shooting. Chris Paul added 10 points.

The Thunder led 59-45 at halftime behind 53.8 percent shooting. In the second quarter, George made all five of his shots and scored 14 points. Oklahoma City held Paul and Anthony scoreless before the break.

Grant dunked on a lob from Schroder and made the free throw on the foul to put the Thunder up 80-60, a score that held up until the end of the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Rockets: G Eric Gordon missed his third straight game with a strained muscle in his right thigh. ... Anthony was mostly cheered when he checked into the game for the first time in the first quarter. ... Reserves made 1 of 11 shots in the first half. ... Paul was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter.

Thunder: Ferguson, a 6-foot-7 guard, came out of nowhere to stuff 7-footer Isaiah Hartenstein in the first quarter. ... Made 27 of 44 shots inside the 3-point line but 9 of 37 beyond the arc.

UP NEXT

Rockets: At San Antonio on Saturday night.

Thunder: At Dallas on Saturday night.

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