- Rockets beat the Thunder
In the NBA Christmas game, the Rockets beat the Thunder at 113-109 at home. James Harden scored 41 points and scored a key goal to break Olajuwon's single-game scoring record in the Rockets history of Christmas. He has scored 30 points in seven consecutive games and ranked second in the history of the Rockets. Capella grabbed 23 rebounds and broke Dwight Howard's single-game rebounds in the Rockets history of Christmas.
Harden scored 41 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, Gordon 17 points, Capella 16 points and 23 rebounds, and Little Rivers debuted the bench to score 10 points. Thunder, George 28 points and 14 rebounds, Wei Shao 21 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals, Adams 17 points, Grant 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Wei Shao sent 4 steals today. He scored 28 steals in the Christmas War, surpassing Scotty Pippen and ranking first.
Harden shot at least 34 times in two consecutive games. The previous one was Kobe Bryant in 2007. He shot at least 34 times in three consecutive games. Harden scored 41 points in the game, breaking Olajuwon (30 points) to maintain the single-game scoring record of the Rockets history Christmas. Among the active players, Harden was the second-highest player in the Christmas game, second only to Durant in 2010, when Durant scored 44 points.
Harden scored 30 points in his seventh consecutive game, not only set a personal record, but also ranked second in the history of the Rockets, second only to Moses Malone's 13 consecutive games in the 1981-82 season. McGrady in the 2006-07 season and Malone in the 1981-82 season have had a score of 30 points in six consecutive games.
Capella grabbed 23 rebounds and broke Dwight Howard's (20) single-game rebounds in the Rockets' Christmas history.