Feb 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) attempts to control the ball during the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets: Comeback Win Caps Off Eventful Evening


In a span of about two and a half hours, the Houston Rockets made an unexpected trade, while also knocking off defending western conference champions, Oklahoma City.

Coming off his first all-star appearance, James Harden scored a career high 46 points against his former team, while grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists in leading the Rockets to their first win against the Thunder this season.  Jeremy Lin also added 29 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds while Chandler Parsons scored 17 points.

The game looked out of reach as the Thunder were up by 14 points with about seven minutes left in the game, but Houston, led by Harden, went on a 21-4 run to tie the game, and eventually went up 114-111 with 1:46 left when Lin sank a 3.

“I just told the guys on the court that we’ve got to do whatever it takes, we’ve got to get some stops together and make some shots,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be easy, they’re a very good team. But we got some stops at the right time and guys made good shots.”

Oklahoma City, who had won the previous match up in Houston by 30, were led by Kevin Durant, who recorded his first triple double with 15 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds.  Thabo Sefolosha scored a career high 28 points, including six 3-pointers, and Russell Westbrook added 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The story of the game, however, belongs to Harden.  He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter; including a step back 3 on Serge Ibaka to tie to game at 111 with two minutes left.

“If he is not up for MVP consideration, I don’t know what else he needs to do,” Lin said. “He made every single big play down the stretch, and even the shots that I was able to have, they were created because of him.”

The Rockets were also shorthanded as they made a trade just moments before the game was set to tip off.  Patrick Patterson, Marcus Morris, Toney Douglas, and Cole Aldrich, were all listed as inactive prior to the start time.  It was reported later that the Rockets were a part of a three team deal in which they sent Patterson, Douglas, and Aldrich to the Sacramento Kings for rookie forward Thomas Robinson, swingman Francisco Garcia, and forward Tyler Honeycutt, while trading Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second round draft pick.

Robinson was the number 5 draft pick overall in last summer’s draft, and is averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes.  Garcia, at 32 years old will now be the oldest Rocket on the roster, is averaging 5.2 points in 17.8 minutes, while Honeycutt is a second year player from UCLA who has played sparingly.

More information will soon come out about when the three will join and be officially introduced.  Morris will also be united with his twin brother and college teammate Markieff in Phoenix.

Tags: Houston Rockets James Harden Oklahoma City Thunder Thomas Robinson

  • Wenonly

    No body pointed out that without Lin on the court, Harden scored more points, the Rockets took down more(until lost 14 points). It’s Lin who came back the court and handled the strategies both sides(offense and defense) then the Rockets fight back and took the led.

    • http://Spacecityscoop.com/ Kyle Adams

      Lin had a good game, but he went like -62. Sorry. Harden won that game.

    • Michael Ma

      Thanks for the comment Wenonly, but I think it’s a consensual agreement that Harden basically carried the team on his back. Lin played outstanding, in fact, he outperformed Russell Westbrook, but it was Harden who was able to free everybody else up on offense because he was garnering so much attention. Lin has played tremendous as Harden’s wingman, but without Harden, the Rockets wouldn’t have won that game. It showed in the last game before the all-star break when they lost to the Clippers w/o Harden.

      • Wenonly

        In clipper game,Lin got his arm serious hurt because of the Clippers dirty play(He didn’t said anything and kept playing to the end). The Clippers game is the Rockets back to back on the road(Even 3 games in 4 days on the road) and Delfino just came back from his injury and got terrible shooting rate.
        If you really followed last game vs the Thunder, at 4Q it’s Lin started to set up insider(Greg Smith) to got points for taking off the outsiders defense pressure then Harden followed(to assisted Smith again). Consequently Harden could shoot 3-points shot without double team defenders. Then Lin penetrated the paint to get 2 points and the Rockets came back to down 3. That’s whole real story.
        Play good team defense and set up the strategies to open the floor is the key, such kind of ability can’t learn to be well soon. Harden’s decision making ability on the both side is poor, that’s why I don’t think he can turn to be a good floor manager in the near future.
        Actually he has never been led the Rockets to win the playoff contenders without Lin on the court.

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