The Rocket science is settled

Rick Adelman has instructed Houston well: run, and then run some more. In between times, run. The Rockets won their fourth game out of six by running the Thunder ragged, posting a 105-94 win at the Toyota Center.

Houston had five players in double figures, with both Trevor Ariza and Carl Landry picking up 21 points; Luis Scola had 19 and 10 rebounds. Really scary, though, was Chase Budinger, who seemed to be in two, sometimes three places at once; he rolled up 16 points in 21 minutes. The Rockets shot 53.8 percent and snagged 26 assists to 15 for the Thunder. Keep in mind that none of this happened with the expensive guys on the squad (Yao and T-Mac).

Kevin Durant was back in good form (27 points, 9 boards), and Russell Westbrook checked in with 33 points, one short of his career high, but that leaves 34 points distributed among nine players. Neither Jeff Green nor Nenad Krstić hit much of anything: between them they were 4-23, which explains the Thunder’s 43.5-percent shooting. OKC did a decent job of capitalizing on Rocket miscues, but they didn’t generate a whole lot of offense on their own.

The Magic will be arriving at the Ford on Sunday.

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