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The Houston Rockets are on an offensive high, and the Brooklyn Nets were yet another victim of the great shooting the Rockets have established at home, winning easily 114-95.
The game was determined in the first quarter, and Brooklyn playing without Deron Williams, and Kevin Garnett, appeared lethargic from the first quarter on. Chandler Parsons, the Rockets igniter, got things going early as usual, shooting perfect from the field. 7-7 from the field, and 6-6 from deep, Parsons finished with a game high 21 points.
James Harden who has been sidelined with a foot injury, made his return to the starting lineup. He only attempted 4 shots, but dished out 7 dimes. The Rockets put up 66 points in the first half, and coasted through the second half. Knocking down 19 of 32 three-point shots helped as well. Another big game for the Rockets bench scoring 56 points, lead by Omri Casspi with 16 points, Francisco Garcia with 15 (5 threes) and Aaron Brooks with 14 points and 7 dimes. Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 7 boards.
Tomorrow night the Rockets head to San Antonio to face the Spurs. Hopefully the offense rides with the team to the AT&T Center, Houston has lost seven straight games at San Antonio.
Jeremy Lin was sidelined with a bruised right knee, and will miss the next two weeks. Also worth noting that Terrence Jones is making a case for Most-Improved Player consideration.