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Rockets vs. Cavaliers recap: James Harden dominant again

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
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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:

Statistics

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

Key points

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.

Highlights

Let’s show a few highlights, starting with Nene:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/928798099107209218

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:

#ATHREEZA + 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/uTQ0aPlXnH

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 10, 2017

Trevor finished with 17 points and 2 steals.

James Harden hit an impossible shot over Jeff Green:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/928816970543390720

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:

https://twitter.com/HoustonRockets/status/928828990479093762

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!

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