Nov 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) dunks the ball during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets scored first and never looked back, beating the Denver Nuggets 122-11, and ending a 7 game losing streak to Denver. The most impressive team performance this season for the Rockets was capped by a 17-24 free shooting performance from Dwight Howard who finished with 25 points, and 7 boards. Howard only attempted 6 shots, but the Nuggets attempted the Hack-A-Howard in the 4th and it did not work.
The Rockets had seven players in double-figures, including Chandler Parsons who kicked off the great offensive output in the first quarter, with a 3-point play, and a 4-point play. finishing with 20 points, James Harden handed out 9 dimes, and scored a modest 17 points. Patrick Beverley found the touch from deep making 3-4 from deep finishing with 11 points, while Jeremy Lin tallied 16 points and 7 dimes.
The key players were Terrence Jones, and the emergence of Donatas Motiejunas who had played all of 9 minutes this season, nailed his first three of the season and finished with 12 points. D-Mo was clearly eager to play and did not waste any of his minutes, going as far to showcase his own euro-step on a fast break.
Terrence Jones had to match the hustling, and intensity of Nuggets Kenneth Faried and he did just that. Jones compiled 12 boards, and 14 points on 6-11 shooting.
The Nuggets struggled to cut lead, and for the first time this season the Rockets built a lead and maintained it throughout.
Next up for the Rockets are the Boston Celtics at 8pm on Tuesday night at the Toyota Center!