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Russell Westbrook scores, but James Harden wins with his passing

James Harden was all business in the Rockets' win over the Thunder on Tuesday night. Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

Russell Westbrook outscored James Harden 49-26, but that doesn't tell the full story of Thursday night's big matchup in the Houston Rockets' win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Inside Harden's game

Harden had 25 assist opportunities on Thursday. When he was on the floor, no other Rockets player had more than four.

Harden created over three times more looks for his teammates than Westbrook, who finished with eight assist opportunities.

Of Harden's 25 assist opportunities (on which 12 shots were converted), 11 of them led to uncontested looks. He created more uncontested looks with his passing than the rest of his teammates combined.

The Rockets have now scored at least 100 points in 23 straight games, the longest streak in the NBA this season and the longest by the Rockets since another 23-gamer in 1986 (that team featured Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson and went to the NBA Finals).

The Rockets are 17-2 since Dec. 1, the best record in the NBA in that span.

Inside Westbrook's game

Westbrook's 34 field goal attempts are tied for third-most in a game this season. Westbrook holds the top two spots with 44 on Oct. 28 against the Suns and 35 on Nov. 30 against the Wizards. The volume of shots did allow him to reach 40 points through three quarters for the first time in his career.

Westbrook's eight assist opportunities tied for his second-fewest in a game. When Westbrook was ejected from the game against the Grizzlies on Dec. 29, he had no assist opportunities.

With the score tied, Westbrook attempted a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds. He is now 2-of-18 in his career on potential go-ahead 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime, including 0-of-6 this season and 0-of-10 over the past three years.

The pressure is going to ramp up on Westbrook and the Thunder. The Thunder are 0-3 in January, a month in which they'll play 12 of 15 games on the road and travel over 12,000 miles (the second-most in the NBA). That includes road games against the Clippers, Warriors, Cavaliers and Spurs.