Andre Roberson’s fingerprints all over end of Thunder’s win over Rockets

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Andre Roberson banked in a free throw, and a clapping Russell Westbrook brought the Oklahoma City crowd into a fervor.

The distinctively helpful and flawed Roberson and his teammates picked each other up down the stretch of the Thunder’s 112-107 spirited Christmas win over Rockets tonight.

Roberson air-balled his next free throw, and he split on another trip to the line, both prompted by Houston intentional fouls. He also got pulled down by Harden without drawing a whistle:

But Roberson blocked James Harden‘s game-tying 3-point attempt with 27 seconds left, leaked out as Westbrook chased down the rebound and scored in transition on a pass ahead from Westbrook. Roberson then stripped Eric Gordon on the Rockets’ final possession to clinch the win.

The Thunder’s big three – Westbrook (31 points, 11 assists and three steals), Paul George (24 points) and Carmelo Anthony (20 points on 8-of-12 shooting) – did the heavy lifting. Harden (29 points and 14 assists) starred for Houston.

But Roberson helped ensure a game with nine ties and 14 lead changes ended in Oklahoma City’s favor.