The Houston Rockets, for what seems like the first time in a while, beat a team soundly with little drama.
It took a while for the Houston Rockets to build a solid lead, trailing by 7 to the Charlotte Hornets in the third quarter. Eventually, though, they forced three turnovers in a three-minute and built a double digit lead. They won for the fourth time in five games, easing fans’ worries about their recent struggles.
James Harden finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists, giving him his 44th double-double of the season, which leads the NBA. He has also scored 30+ points on 25 occasions. Patrick Beverley put in 17 points and 3 steals, and Ryan Anderson scored 14 points on 5/11 shooting.
Despite Houston trailing for over half the game, only Corey Brewer finished with a negative +/-. Even when the Rockets were down, it felt like they were in control. They looked dominant at times, even.
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The Hornets, on the other hand, have now lost 8 of their last 9 contests, putting them one game back from a playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Nicolas Batum finished with 15 points and 10 assists on 50% shooting, but that is about the extent of Charlotte’s quality play. All-Star Kemba Walker turned the ball over 6 times and shot 42% from the floor, being outplayed by Harden at every turn.
If there’s ever a time for the Rockets to go on a winning streak, it’s right now. If they win out for the rest of the month, they’ll have won 8 games in a row going into March.
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