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Houston Rockets: What we learned from the win over the Pacers

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets outpaced the Indiana Pacers as they won the game 118-95. Three Rockets players finished with at least 20 points.

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The Houston Rockets are currently the hottest team in the Western Conference. The Philadelphia 76ers were the last team to send Houston home in defeat, and that was on Oct. 30. Since then, Houston has rattled off six consecutive wins.

Houston’s win over the Indiana Pacers gave them the best record in the Western Conference and the second best record in the league. Houston came out of the gates red-hot in the tail end of a back-to-back. The Rockets led Indiana 12-2  just 3 minutes and 17 seconds into the game after a pair of free throws from Eric Gordon. Then, the Rockets took a commanding 35-18 lead headed into the second quarter led by James Harden‘s 9 first quarter assists.

The Pacers were able to find an offensive rhythm in the second quarter against Houston’s bench unit, and they cut the lead to six. But once Harden checked into the game, the Rockets regained their mojo and took a 63-51 lead into the break.

The Rockets clamped down on defense in the third quarter and held the Pacers to just 44 second-half points. Houston went on a run at the beginning of the fourth period, and as a result, Harden only played a little over 3 4th quarter minutes.

The Rockets are rolling right now, and there were a few takeaways from Sunday night’s game against the Pacers.

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