NBA: Steven Adams dominates as Thunder make it seven in a row

Steven Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder have improved their record to 7-4 after an impressive win over Western Conference rivals Houston Rockets on Friday (NZT).

The Kiwi centre was impressive at both ends of the court scoring 19 points, four assists and collecting 10 rebounds, including six offensively.

Adams' scored nine points in the first quarter as OKC shot out to a 29-19 lead after one period.

The home side cruised to a 98-80 victory, earning them their seventh straight win.

It was the big Kiwis sixth double-double of the season as he continues to average double digits in scoring and rebounds.

The Thunder's win came with injured MVP Russell Westbrook watching from the sideline as he missed his second-straight match with a sprained ankle.

OKC all-star forward Paul George was impressive scoring a game-high 20 points.

The win puts OKC into fourth position in the West, trailing two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors, who have lost one through 11 games.

OKC will now travel to Dallas where they will face the Mavericks on Sunday (NZT).