James Harden and the Houston Rockets soared over the Hawks in Atlanta for a 119-104 blowout win.
The Houston Rockets were in a bit of an offensive funk. The keyword here is “were.”
After loosing three out of five games and struggling to shoot the ball, Houston has gotten back on track in their last two outings. The Rockets blew out the Knicks in New York, and now they’ve soared high in their win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Houston did the bulk of its damage in the first half, jumping out to a 69-51 lead at the break. James Harden led the way with 21 points and the Rockets made 11 out of their 22 3’s at the halfway point.
The Hawks were able to cut the lead down to 13 in the third quarter as the Rockets went cold for a few minutes, but a hard dunk from Eric Gordon put Houston on another run. By the time the Hawks blinked, the lead had ballooned back to 20 points and the entirety of the fourth quarter was garbage time.
The Rockets, who are known for their fast pace, have previously struggled in fast break scoring through this season, averaging just 7.4 fast break points per game. Houston had 17 fast break points by halftime on Friday evening, two more than their previous season high. They finished the outing with 28 points on the break.
James Harden notched his fourth double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute contributed 20 points off of the bench, which was two shy of his career high. Eric Gordon, who is scoring at a career-high rate, chipped in another 20-point game as well.
Kent Bazemore was the leading man for Atlanta with 18 points. Dennis Schroder and Taurean Prince scored 16 points a piece as well. The Hawks are a far cry from the Al Horford led team that won 60 game in the 2014-15 season. This is a young team in the beginning stages of a lengthy rebuild, and their 1-8 record is a reflection of that.