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Evening All - First NBA action of 2017 sees James Harden V Russell Westbrook as the Houston Rockets entertain the Oklahoma City Thunder

Harden and Westbrook are both on fire at the moment personally but OKC lost last night and it's always a struggle to play back to back games

A couple of laptop issues but we are back and firing now as the game is in the early stages. 3 minutes gone in Q1 and the Thunder lead it 10-5

First trip to the line for OKC and Steven Adams hits both as the Thunder break out early on.

The Rockets have the best 1st Quarter Points average in the NBA this season so this a great start by the Thunder. Westbrook sinks another as OKC move in front 18-9

First stoppage comes with 5:57 to go in Q1 HOUSTON 9 OKLAHOMA CITY 18

Westbrook called for a foul sends the Rockets to the line but both shots are missed as the Rockets continue to misfire in the early stages. OKC 18 HOU 9

James Harden takes advantage of an OKC misfire to go coast to coast and sink an easy lay up. OKC 20 HOU 11

And then Harden fouled as he tries a three point shot, so he is at the line for 3 Free Throws. One of the best shooters from the FT line on the league he hits two of three to reduce Houston's arrears.

But OKC respond through, who else, Russell Westbrook. He hits a couple of threes in quick succession and is already on 12 points for the game. OKC 28 HOU 17