Houston Rockets Recap:
In what many thought had the makings of a classic defensive battle the Golden State Warriors left no doubt which team has more depth and are way ahead on the chemistry front.
More from Space City Scoop
- Houston Rockets: 3 trades of John Wall to the Clippers, Spurs, and Bulls
- Houston Rockets hire Chris Wallace, architect of ‘Grit and Grind’ Grizzlies
- Rockets: Kendrick Perkins shares perception of Stephen Silas around the league
- 3 reasons why the Rockets should trade for D’Angelo Russell
- Houston Rockets fans: Time to reflect in light of the Rachel Nichols bombshell
Houston entered the night on a four game home win streak and were coming off perhaps their most complete win of the season versus Oklahoma City.
Meanwhile Golden State arrived having played last night coincidentally also against the Thunder who had handed them their worst loss of their season.
Ultimately Golden State won easily pulling ahead to finish the half and then jumping on the Rockets early in the third quarter.
The player grades follow the box score:
Jan 17, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives the ball to the basket during the second quarter as Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Of the remaining bench players Kostas Papanikolaou brought some energy and contributed with 5 straight points to cut the lead to 16 with seven minutes remaining, but that was as close as they got.
Although we only provide player grades here this night showcased how good Steve Kerr is in his head coaching role. The one time in the second quarter when the Rockets appeared to be on the verge of breaking away his time out stopped the momentum which the Rockets never found again. Conversely McHale didn’t seem to have the same feel for the game as he allowed several runs by Golden State to continue into momentum building runs.
As always we welcome your words of wisdom in our comments section!