It’s a good thing the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2018 first-round pick is lottery protected.
Facing a dwindling margin for error in the heated Western Conference playoff race, the Thunder continued their descent down the standings with a 122-112 loss to the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City is now 37-29 overall as it continues to jockey for position with the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz on the fringe of the postseason picture.
The Rockets, who improved to 50-13, ripped off their 16th straight win dating back to Jan. 28 and maintained a grip on the No. 1 seed.