Rockets roll by Thunder, win 16th in a row

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Rockets are still rolling.

Chris Paul scored 25 points, James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, and Houston beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-112 on Tuesday for its 16th straight victory.

The Rockets matched Boston for the longest win streak in the league this season and are on the second-longest win streak in franchise histo-

ry. Harden was blunt when asked what those things meant to him.

“Nothing,” he said. “Nothing at all. We just want to play well. We want to play

well and have each other’s back, no matter what, on both ends of the floor. It doesn’t matter. Wins and losses will come.”

Trevor Ariza scored 15 points and Eric Gordon added 14 for the Rockets.

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 23 for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City had beaten several of the league’s top teams this season. The Thunder have two wins over Golden State, a victory over Toronto and a win over Cleveland. The Rockets avoided that fate by going 17-of-33 on 3-pointers and 29-of-34 on free throws.

The Rockets led 54-45 at halftime as Harden posted 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

The Thunder closed the gap to three in the opening minutes of the third quarter, but the Rockets dominated the rest of the way and led

87-74 at the end of the period. Houston extended its lead to 19 midway through the fourth quarter.

“When a team like that is making 3s, it’s tough out there because you’re always in a scramble situation,” Anthony said. “But you know, those guys beat us tonight, and we have to accept that and move on and learn from it.”