The Houston Rockets comeback fell short as the Toronto Raptors hang on and win 129-113.
Here are some stats from last night:
James Harden: 38 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds
Trevor Ariza: 20 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds
Clint Capela: 11 points, 11 rebounds
DeMar DeRozan: 27 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds
Points of the game
Overall, it just wasn’t the Rockets’ night. While Trevor Ariza scored 20 points, the rest of the offense lacked energy and efficiency. The 129 points are the most given up by the Rockets so far this season. The only team to break 120 points against Houston was Golden State.
However, James Harden still dropped 38 points despite the lack of help. Eric Gordon shot 3/12 from the field overall and the Rockets as a whole struggled once again from 3-point range, shooting 30.8%.
Another important event during the game was the ejection of P.J. Tucker. After receiving two techs, Tucker was dismissed during the 3rd quarter and that left a big void in the Rockets bench unit. The Houston defense just couldn’t contain the Raptors from the perimeter, where they shot over 45% for the evening.
This game is a reminder that trading for Chris Paul was very important. However, the team as a whole still has much to learn and grow from defensively as the season progresses.
Even in a loss, there are still some highlights that provided bright spots during the game.
Let’s take a look at some of the best moments of the game. Beginning with Harden’s awesome Euro step:
Pascal Siakam may need ankle surgery and therapy after that.
An underrated defender, Black reminded Miles of his shot blocking ability.
Finally, Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute connect for a 3-pointer and the assist:
“Excuse me, I’ll just take this ball and hit this 3-pointer. Thank you.”
Props to the Raptors for being the more aggressive team. Toronto made shots, defended enough to hang on, and frustrated the Rockets all night. Can’t win them all. On to the next one in Phoenix on Thursday.