Rockets vs Hornets recap: Harden takes the lead

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 27: James Harden
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 27: James Harden /

James Harden seals the deal with a triple double against the Hornets. 

WHAT A GAME! The Houston Rockets handed the Hornets their first loss at home tonight. 109-93 was the final score as the Rockets’ record improves to 5-1.

Down three players including Nene and Ariza; James Harden, Eric Gordon & Ryan Anderson took charge and scored 20 +plus points.



— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 28, 2017

Let’s take a closer look at their stats:

Stats for Tonight’s Starters: 

James Harden: 27 pts, 10 rebounds, and 11 assist

Eric Gordon: 26 pts, 2 rebounds, and 2 assist

Ryan Anderson: 21 pts, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist/block/steal

Clint Capela: 7 pts, 6 rebounds, and 1 block

Luc Mbah a Moute12 pts, 8 rebounds, 2 assists/steals and 3 blocks

The scoring started off slow in the 1st quarter for most the starters except for Ryan Anderson who scored the Rockets first nine (9) points of the game.

As the game, continued James Harden and Eric Gordon led the team to victory. Harden finished with a Triple – Double and Eric Gordon shined doing his thing. Again, taking advantage of the minutes he is being given.

Another standout was P.J. Tucker who led the game in rebounds with 13.

As a Team: 

The Rockets shined with shooting 84.6% in free throws while the Hornets only shot 57%. The Hornets scored 14 points off 16 Rocket turnovers, whereas the Rockets scored 13 points over 9 turnovers. The Rockets were lucky those turnovers did not cost the more points.

Offensively the Rockets were solid, although it did help that the Hornets struggled defensively except for Howard played well against his former team scoring 19pts with 16 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block and steal. Defensively for Rockets, Tucker and Mbah a Moute stood out.

Next Up:

We can only hope the momentum will carry over to tomorrow night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies handed the Rockets their only loss thus far. I am sure the Rockets are determined to make that the only loss against the Grizzlies.

Next: James Harden is shooting less free throws than ever