Mar 22, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) puts in a layup against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets pick up their 3rd straight win, and their third straight win without Dwight Howard, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-111. The Rockets got off to their customary blistering first half offense. Houston lead 67-55 at the half, and was the Rockets third straight 60 point first half game.
The Rockets were outscored 32-17 in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers only had a small glimmer of an opportunity, as Houston did the best they could burning the clock.
Houston had 31 assists on 38 field goals, the win over Cleveland breaks a 3 game losing streak for the Rockets.
Helping to aid in the 60 point first half and 34-point third quarter was James Harden who finished with 37 points, 11 assists, 4 steals, and a block. Harden knocked downed 5 threes, and was a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line. Chandler Parsons finished with 16 points, and 2 blocks. The Rockets had 6 players in double figures, and racked up 10 total blocks, without the assistance of Dwight Howard.
Up next for the Rockets are the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. Houston has won 5 games in a row against the Bobcats. Dwight Howard who has missed the last three games with a bum ankle, made his regular season debut against the Bobcats finishing with 17 points, and 26 boards.