The Houston Rockets have been synonymous this season with earning big leads and letting their opposition back into the game. That scenario played out against the Washington Wizards wednesday night as the Rockets held on to stretch their winning streak to 7 games beating the Wizards, 113-112.
With Washington up 2 points and 4 seconds left in the game Wizards forward, Trevor Ariza fouled James Harden before the Rockets could inbound the ball. Harden knocked down the free throw, then knocked down the game winning two. Harden was a perfect 16-16 from the free throw line, finishing with 35 points and 6 dimes. Not to be outdone by his All-Star teammate, Dwight Howard finished with 24 points, 16 boards, and 3 blocks.
McHale: “26 turnovers and we win. That’s pretty amazing. I don’t know how we did that.”
Houston had lead by as much as 19 points, then Trevor Ariza caught fire knocking down 10 three pointers. The Rockets shot 35-47 from the free throw line for 75%. The Wizards only shot 8-16 for 50%.
Chandler Parsons finished with 18 points and 12 boards. Jeremy Lin finished with 16 points and 5 dimes. Donatas Montiejunas the spark-plug off the bench finished with 11 points.
The Rockets now head to the All-Star Weekend with James Harden, and Dwight Howard in the All-Star Game on Sunday.
If the Clippers win against Portland on Wednesday, the Rockets would go into the All Star Break in 3rd place in the West standings at 36-17.