Dec 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Sean Kilpatrick (6) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets got their seventh straight win and held off the Nets’ late comeback attempt in the victory.
The Houston Rockets had a nail-biting victory over the Brooklyn Nets, Monday night, at the Toyota Center. Following their blowout win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Rockets have now extended their winning streak to seven.
Thanks to an early 18-4 run, as expected the Rockets came out and took care of business early. With eights points, five assists and rebounds alone, James Harden led Houston to a 29-24 first quarter lead.
Behind Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley, Houston watched as their lead grew as much as 14 points. As they took their foot off the accelerator, the Nets battled their way back and trailed 53-43 at halftime with Brook Lopez leading the way.
Similar to their most recent games, the Rockets gave new life into the Nets during the second half. After holding the Nets to 19 points in the second quarter, the Rockets allowed Brooklyn to score 42 points in the third.
Up 85-80, it took 18 fourth quarter points by Gordon and a solid defensive performance by Nene to give the Rockets the win.
Next: Rockets Starting Front Court
Dec 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Rockets Starting Front Court
Next: Rockets Starting BackCourt
Dec 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) defends during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Rockets Starting BackCourt
Next: Best Bench/Opponent
Dec 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) attempts to spin around Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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