Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/17/14
OKLAHOMA CITY - It was supposed to be a homecoming for James Harden. After being traded to Houston right before the season started, he made his first appearance back in Oklahoma City Wednesday. However, Kevin Durant spoiled the party. With another all-around strong game of 37 points, seven rebounds and four assists, he led the Thunder to a 120-98 victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Harden entered the night as the fifth leading scorer in the league at 25 points a game. However, he was held to 17 points on 3-for-16 shooting. Patrick Patterson paced the Rockets with 27 points. Even though his team had played two games, traveled more than 2,000 miles and made stops in three cities in a 27-hour span, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson wouldn't use that as an excuse for his team's play, especially in the final period. Oklahoma City (12-5) took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Rockets (7-8) needed to make a serious push early if they were going to get back in...
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