In a back and forth affair with the Pelicans, the Houston Rockets hit seven threes in the fourth quarter to secure their 50th win of the season.
Number 13 gets 38 and 17 for 50th win. This was another game another MVP statement for James Harden. In a first half when the Houston Rockets seemed to be stuck in quick sand defensively, the Beard held down the fort. Nobody else could get on a roll, though, and it put the Rockets at a 1-point disadvantage by the 24 minute mark.
The second half was a seesaw-like event, and the recently-assembled duo of Boogie and the Brow showed up to play. DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis combined for 62 of the New Orleans Pelicans’ 107 points.
Finally, the Rockets’ defensive intensity increased in the fourth and the supporting roles started to show. Eric Gordon ended up draining 14 points, Patrick Beverley, as usual, came up big when he’s needed the most with 17 points (12 in the fourth quarter). Kudos also to Ryan Anderson, who has clearly had better shooting nights than the 5 for 12 shooting and 13 points he put up.
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That being said he took on the challenge of guarding an amazing offensive talent like DeMarcus Cousins, making him work for everything. All night, he stood his ground, giving James Harden extra possessions to bring home the win.
Another playoff-type game, another victory for the Rockets, reaching the threshold of 50 wins.
Now it’s time to wait for an absolute beast on Sunday who’s coming to town to build a case for himself. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are never an easy matchup, and that game will have definite MVP implications.
It will also have playoff implications, considering that OKC is Houston’s most likely first round opponent. If they win tomorrow, they’ll have three wins in four regular season matchups. That’ll be encouraging going into the postseason, for sure.
Let’s hope the Houston Rockets and the bearded fellow can seal that deal. For now, they have 50 wins on a season where nobody predicted they’d get there.
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