The Rockets won today despite having a couple of injuries along the way.
The Houston Rockets (35-13) won a rare Sunday afternoon matchup against the Phoenix Suns (17-33) today by a score of 113-102.
Along the way, the Rockets managed to have a couple of injuries. Trevor Ariza left very early on with a hamstring injury. Chris Paul also left the game but declared that he’s “fine” and that the minutes cut was preset. D’Antoni said CP3 “just did not feel right,” according to Jonathan Feigen.
Ariza is getting tested to see the extent of his hamstring injury.
Let’s look at the stats from today’s victory:
James Harden: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists
Chris Paul: 17 points, 5 assists
Luc Mbah a Moute: 13 points, 2 steals, 1 block
How the Rockets won
James Harden was great, even if he wasn’t exactly efficient. He nearly had a triple-double despite shooting just 8-21 from the field. He also shot 8-12 from the free throw line.
When Trevor Ariza went down with an injury, Gerald Green was ready to go. He hit 2 shots from deep on 5 attempts and was prepared. He also came to the game rocking a sweet Houston Colt .45s jersey:
Gerald Green continues legendary run by busting out Colt .45s jersey. pic.twitter.com/NOQEI231ak
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) January 28, 2018
Hopefully, Green earned himself some more minutes for the future.
The Rockets shot a ridiculous amount of free throws today. They made 38 out of 49 and the officials were all over the place both ways.
Luc Mbah a Moute had yet another great night from deep. It begs the question, should he be starting at the power forward position?
Highlights of today’s game can be found below, courtesy of the NBA YouTube channel.