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Rockets vs. Warriors recap: Big win against the champs

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 20: Chris Paul
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 20: Chris Paul

The Rockets found themselves victorious against the defending champion Warriors 116-108.

The Houston Rockets (32-12) defeated the Golden State Warriors (37-10) in dramatic fashion. Coming down the stretch, James Harden hit a big 3 over two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

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:

Key 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.

The Rockets were able to win despite missing two weapons, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green. The Warriors were also without Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell.

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.

What a win for the Rockets! Stay tuned for more about this game tomorrow. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

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