The Rockets walked away with another win tonight after a great game from the Beard.
James Harden dominated once again as the Rockets (9-3) move into a tie for first in the Western Conference with Golden State. The Cavaliers (5-7) had a huge night from LeBron James but still fell in the end.
Let’s look at the key stats:
James Harden: 35 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 steals
Clint Capela: 19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks
Eric Gordon: 20 points
P.J. Tucker: 11 points, 9 rebounds
LeBron James: 33 points, 7 assists, 15/24 shooting
James Harden was able to find his way to the line tonight and finished 13/14 from there. His field goal percentage (38.1%) doesn’t look too great but he was heaving up quite a few shots at the end of the game.
P.J. Tucker came up huge for Houston. With Luc Mbah a Moute out, he stepped up with some key offensive rebounds late in the game. He also contributed two 3-pointers made.
Clint Capela had one of his best games of the year. He had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the 4th quarter alone and had monster blocks all night.
The 4th quarter was quite a slow one for both teams. The Cavs actually won it 20-17 in some ugly, gritty basketball.
Let’s show a few highlights, starting with Nene:
Nene took a page out of the Beard’s book and Eurostepped the heck out of LeBron. Well played!
Ariza hit one from deep and drew the whistle here:
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 10, 2017
Trevor finished with 17 points and 2 steals.
James Harden hit an impossible shot over Jeff Green:
Jeff Green, by the way, finished with an unreal 27 points off the bench.
Two more plays back-to-back. The hustle from P.J. Tucker here leads to an alley-oop:
And then Clint Capela says “NO” to LeBron and wins it for Houston:
Clint Capela block on LeBron pic.twitter.com/UjnKzFT5Lk
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) November 10, 2017
It was a crazy, up-and-down roller coaster of a game for the Rockets, but they escaped victorious. Next up is Memphis on Saturday!