Rockets vs. Suns recap: The return of Ryan Anderson
By Michael Knight
The Rockets are now winners of 3 in a row after a blowout of the Suns.
The Houston Rockets (30-11) earned their 30th victory of the season tonight as they defeated the Phoenix Suns (16-28).
It was a dominating performance from the Rockets all around as they held the Suns under 100 points to grab a 112-95 victory. Houston also continued to score an incredible amount of points even without the help of James Harden.
Chris Paul: 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 turnovers
Ryan Anderson: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4/7 from 3
Trevor Ariza: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4/8 from 3
How the Rockets won
The Rockets were on fire on both ends of the court. On defense, they forced 19 turnovers and capitalized on them. On offense, they hit 15 shots from deep, with everyone in the starting lineup but Clint Capela hitting at least 2.
The return on Ryan Anderson was magnificent. He was a spark all night for the team as he (hopefully) broke out of his slump to play a huge role in the win.
Oh yeah, and he flat-out POSTERIZED Alex Len:
Alex Len, welcome to your Kodak moment! Ryan Anderson babyyy ???? #Rockets https://t.co/TMpAS0sIiB
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) January 13, 2018
No, that video was not 2K18. That was Ryan Anderson. The real one. I promise.
Hopefully, this starts an upward trend for Ryno. His play will be desperately needed for the Rockets before and after Harden returns. He also played 39 minutes since he was the backup center.
Chris Paul was his usual self, hitting big shot after big shot to extend the lead of the Rockets. He finished with 25 points and was able to just play 27 minutes tonight.
Gerald Green had one of his worst games yet as a Rocket. Thankfully, he wasn’t needed very much tonight. He shot just 1-9 from deep but still managed to find other ways to contribute on the court, finishing with a plus-minus of +14.
Clint Capela was also great. He finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds in the win. He also showed off some post moves that, if developed further, could really turn Clint into a star.
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