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Chris Paul

Thunder top Rockets without Westbrook for 7th straight win

The Oklahoma City Thunder have figured out how to win without Russell Westbrook — they lock down on defense.

Paul George scored 20 points, and the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 98-80 on Thursday night for their seventh straight victory.

Westbrook missed his second game in a row with a sprained left ankle, and the Thunder have won both. Oklahoma City held Cleveland to 37 percent shooting in a 95-86 victory Wednesday night, then limited Houston to 38 percent shooting on Thursday.

George led the defensive charge with six steals.

"We didn't come in tonight thinking this was going to be an offensive battle, where we've got to outscore them on the...

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