In my game preview I said this was a bad match-up for the Rockets. Turns out I couldn’t be more wrong. Houston had a historic night shooting the ball. They tied the NBA record for most three’s made in one game with 23.
Near the end of the game it started to get a little chippy between the two teams. The Warriors for some reason felt disrespected for playing very poorly. Mark Jackson showed some very childish coaching by intentionally fouling Rockets players just so they couldn’t break a record.
The MVP of the game was Jeremy Lin. He mad a career high 5 three-pointers tonight to go along with 28 points and 9 assists.
Patrick Patterson had a solid game scoring and rebounding which has been rare for him. He finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The big O once again steps up big for the Rockets. Omer Asik finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
James Harden as usual had another very solid game, finishing with 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals.
Key stats that lead to the Rockets win were 8 players scored in double-figures, they went 23-40 from downtown as 9 Rockets knocked down at least one three, they turned the ball over just 8 times and they out-rebounded the Warriors bigs. Jeremy Lin and James Harden combined for 46 points and 16 assists. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just 13 points and 10 assists.
It was the funnest game I’ve watched all season and one of the biggest wins on the season as well. The Warriors have been a force all season in the Western Conference while the Rockets have struggled in their conference. This is a win they desperately needed as they will play the Miami Heat tomorrow night in south beach.