George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets centre Clint Capela during the NBA game in Oklahoma City on Wednesday

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams grabs a rebound next to Houston Rockets centre Clint Capela during the NBA game in Oklahoma City on Wednesday

James Harden was supposed to hit the free throw. Houston had one more chance after George's 3-pointer, but Harden missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. There was Steven Adams, tasked with setting a screen for George, but instead coming to Westbrook's aid, taking a pass as a pressure release, then handing back to Westbrook as he freed him with a screen.

Westbrook slid it to George, who expertly drilled the contested 3-pointer to push the Thunder ahead with just 1.8 seconds left in the game, securing the win for Oklahoma City.

Associate coach Jeff Bzdelik will coach the Rockets on Tuesday night for the third straight game.

"All I needed was a little space, and it's not a guy that's got great lift, so I was able to shoot right over him", George said.

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a rut as they've lost seven of their last 12 games, but they looking to build on their current three-game win streak after sneaking past the Timberwolves in a 132-126 road win on Sunday. "Russ made the play, I had to make the shot".

Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 33rd triple-double of the season.

"Nobody can do it".

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"Just getting to the ball", Grant said of his focus. "Just watching him close up, like I've been saying, I've been preaching all year, he leaves everything on the floor".

"We're lucky we have some wonderful assistant coaches and mature, vet players on this roster and in this organization to where guys know what we need to do", star guard James Harden told reporters. Short forward George bagged 27 points and sucked in nine rebounds, as well as providing three assists. The regular season ends Wednesday night. In order to do that though, they have to win, so the game against Oklahoma City isn't a throwaway for Houston.

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"It's a big win". "That's really what it's about, winning games late in the season when we really need them, especially against good opponents".

"This one is over, and now we prepare for something big", he said. Chris Paul added 24 points, and Clint Capela recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

With a win over Oklahoma City, the Rockets (53-28) could move past the Nuggets (53-27) for the second seed in the Western Conference behind only the Warriors, though Denver has two games remaining.

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