The Rockets defeated the Heat last night 99-90 in a game where the offense struggled at times.
The Houston Rockets (33-12) beat the scorching hot Miami Heat (27-20) last night to improve the winning streak to 3 games. Coming into the night, Miami had won 9 of their last 11 and still stand in the 4th seed in the East.
The Rockets played with a fully healthy/non-suspended roster for the first time in quite awhile. Of course, the night this happens, the offense struggles. Still, the Rockets showed some grit on the defensive end of the court by stopping one of the hottest teams in the league and holding them to 90 points.
Let’s look at some of the stats:
James Harden: 28 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Chris Paul: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
Clint Capela: 14 points, 8 rebounds
How the Rockets won
The offense of the Rockets did not win this game for them. It was their spectacular, fully healthy defense that held the Heat to 90 points.
Efficiency was an issue for many of the Rockets last night. Harden, though he led the way offensively, shot just 10-26 from the field. Eric Gordon continued his poor shooting, going 0-7 from deep and 6-15 overall. The team was still able to pull off the win when it mattered, though.
The defense of James Harden has been a revelation since his return. While his offense is still returning from injury, the Beard has been active and focused on the defensive end of the court. Tonight he added 2 more blocks and steals, something he’s done now in his 3 games since coming back.
Check out this clip, including the block at the end:
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Coach D’Antoni elected to play Gerald Green zero minutes in last night’s game. That is pretty confusing given how well he played in the absence of James Harden. Coach will have to find a way to play his 10 guys!
The Rockets improved to 18-0 when CP3, Harden and Capela all play together.