The Rockets took care of business against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Houston Rockets (6-3) delivered a balanced performance following a two-game losing streak. While a win is a win, it comes against the rebuilding New York Knicks, who now lean on the young star, Kristaps Porzingis.
The Rockets led by as much as 29 in a victory that has to feel good after their losing streak. Let’s examine the stats for tonight:
James Harden: 31 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds
Ryan Anderson: 21 points, 7/13 shooting, 3 rebounds
Clint Capela: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks
Harden looked spectacular once again. His court vision was on full display and while his turnovers were still a bit high, he still looked like a wizard. Clint Capela continues to get boards and he keeps on improving.
Ryan Anderson also came to play tonight. While he only shot 2/8 from 3-point range, his overall production added to a balanced offense overall.
The 3rd quarter was by far the most dominating for the Rockets. The squad outscored the Knicks 40-26, with Harden dishing out passes like this one:
Mr. Capela patrols the paint anywhere
Capela has been great to start the season. And he reminds opponents who the paint belongs to:
Kristaps Porizngis may need ankle therapy
Harden did some work on the “unicorn’s” ankles. Meanwhile, Trevor Ariza knocks down the 3-pointer. Someone yelled “ATHREEZZA!!” somewhere.
While the numbers don’t show it, the Rockets shot the 3-pointer better tonight. Indeed, they were 19/52 from outside. However, 36.5% as a team looks better compared to other nights where the team shot below 30%.
Team ball movement also looked better tonight. The ball didn’t stick too much in one player’s hands and the stats show it. The team shot nearly 48% from the field while having 6 different players score in double figures.
The team is holding up well for missing All-Star point guard Chris Paul. But this time will only help the team and have them ready to mesh with CP3 once he’s healthy. Until then, the Rockets will look to gel as they are and keep the momentum going.
Finally, the defensive additions the Rockets made this offseason continue to prove their importance. Thanks to P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute have defended the perimeter in a fine manner. Offensively, they still have some adjusting to do, but nonetheless, these guys have played hard on the defensive end. The Knicks were held to a low 29.6% from deep and were forced into 19 turnovers.
Up next, the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Friday. And one more thing to note.
Congrats to the 2017 World Series Champion, Houston Astros!!!!!!! Way to hold down H-Town, fellas! Can’t wait for your safe return home!
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 2, 2017