The Rockets found themselves victorious against the defending champion Warriors 116-108.
The Warriors, coming into tonight, were on a 14-game road winning streak, the third-best in NBA history. The Toyota Center was loud and proud and the Rockets responded.
Let’s look at the stats:
Chris Paul: 33 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists (6/11 from 3)
James Harden: 22 points, 8 assists (5/9 from 3)
Clint Capela: 18 points, 5 rebounds
P.J Tucker: 12 points, 7 rebounds
How the Rockets won
James Harden is starting to get back into his groove. In addition to some incredible defense, he had 22 points and shot 50% in a night where Chris Paul was the primary ballhandler.
Speaking of Chris Paul, he was fantastic all night on both ends of the court. He had his second-best scoring game of the season and led the Rockets to victory.
P.J. Tucker seems to show up against the defending champs. He had some big rebounds down the stretch and also a huge 3.
Eric Gordon didn’t show up, scoring just 6 points on 2/14 shooting (0/9 from deep). If the Rockets want to beat the Warriors come playoff time, EG will need to be better.
A couple of highlights
Let’s show a couple of highlights. First, here’s James Harden’s big shot that essentially sealed the deal for Houston.
Over Steph! The Beard is the MVP.
One more highlight from Harden. This time, he pulls off one of the best passes of the season:
If only he got credited with an assist for that one.