The Houston Rockets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-97. The Rockets made 24 3-pointers, which would’ve been close to an NBA record in a regular season game.
The Houston Rockets kicked off their preseason opener with a bang against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City was without their reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, and the Rockets took full advantage of that. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George had impressive games in their debuts, but the Thunder really missed Westbrook. Russ can penetrate the defense at will, which opens up the floor for the rest of the team.
Houston forced Oklahoma City to cough the ball up 18 times, but the Thunder had just 16 assists. Oklahoma City also shot just 40.8 percent from the floor and their starting group was blown away by Houston.
Chris Paul had a very impressive game in his debut, scoring 11 points, 7 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes of play. Chris looked like his usual self, deflecting loose balls on defense and setting teammates up on offense. He pulled off two behind the back passes for Ryan Anderson and Luc Mbah a Moute and a between the legs pass for an Eric Gordon 3-pointer.
Speaking of Gordon, he might win the Sixth Man of the Year Award for a second consecutive season. Gordon was on fire, shooting 7 of 12 from the field and 6 of 8 from downtown. Playing with either Paul or James Harden will benefit Gordon in nearly every conceivable way.
Let’s get into the four takeaways from the Houston Rockets preseason opener, starting with this team’s amazing ability to score from distance.
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