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Houston Rockets: 5 matchups to watch in December

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 5: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shares a hug with Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after the game on January 5, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 5: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets shares a hug with Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after the game on January 5, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images

The Houston Rockets have a more difficult schedule in December than from last month. What are the five biggest games in December?

The Houston Rockets had a November to remember. They went 12-1, and James Harden and Mike D’Antoni were awarded with the player and coach of the month.

Houston outscored its opponents by a league-leading 16.8 points per game. They also scored a league-leading 119.8 points per game and made 17.8 3-pointers per game on 40.0 percent. Harden led the way for the Rockets by averaging 34.9 points and 10.1 assists per game in November, marking what was probably the best month of basketball for his career.

But the Rockets will face some stiffer competition in December. They were able to get a win against the struggling Lakers on Dec. 3, but they will face the red-hot Jazz on Dec. 7, who have won five games in a row. They’ll follow that up with a meeting with Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and the Blazers in a road game on Dec. 9.

Houston’s schedule will be particularly tough at the end of the month, where they will face some opponents that can go deep into the playoffs. To avoid giving anything away, let’s get into the five matchups to watch in December.

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