Oklahoma City at Houston

Rockets 105, Thunder 85

CBSSports.com wire reports

HOUSTON -- Rookie Chase Budinger scored 17 points, Trevor Ariza added 16 and Kyle Lowry had 10 assists in the Houston Rockets' 105-85 preseason win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

Carl Landry scored 15 points and Chuck Hayes had eight points and eight rebounds for the Rockets (4-3).

Kevin Durant scored 20 points in 26 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter for the Thunder (2-3).

The Rockets led by one at halftime and built a 14-point lead when Oklahoma City missed 15 of 19 shots and had five turnovers in the third quarter.

Ariza drove for two layups and hit a 3-pointer during an 18-5 run that put Houston ahead 79-65. Ariza scored 10 points and Hayes grabbed five rebounds in the decisive third.

Shane Battier joined four Houston reserves for the start of the final quarter and the Rockets maintained a comfortable lead.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu, vying for a spot on the opening day roster, finished two fast breaks with dunks off passes from Budinger to push the lead to 96-77 with about 5 minutes left. Mensah-Bonsu finished with 13 points.

The Rockets shot 51 percent from the field for the game and held the Thunder to 33 second-half points.

Durant hit his first four shots, and his 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the opening quarter gave the Thunder their first lead, 22-20.

Durant scored 12 points in the first quarter, but Battier had 11 and the teams were tied at 33.

The Rockets led 53-52 at halftime even after Oklahoma City shot 57 percent from the field (21 of 37). Houston went 7 of 10 from 3-point range in the half.


Rockets F Luis Scola sat out for the second time in three games with a sprained right ankle. ... Oklahoma City F Nick Collison made his preseason debut after sitting out with a sprained right ankle.
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