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The Rockets start February off right with a win vs. the Spurs

Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images
Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images
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The Rockets are off to their best start in franchise history through 50 games.

The Houston Rockets (37-13) are now winners of 3 straight and 7 of their last 8 after a win over the San Antonio Spurs (34-20). This was a great win for the Rockets over the third-best team in the Western Conference this season.

The Rockets dominated on the defensive end of the court, holding the Spurs to just 91 points while scoring 102 of their own.

While the Spurs had their predictable comeback in the third/fourth quarters, the Rockets still were able to hang on and dominate for an 11-point win in San Antonio.

Also, per ESPN, this is tied for the best start in franchise history through 50 games. You may remember the team they’re tied with:

Houston, we have lift off.

The Rockets improve to 37-13 this season, tying their best 50-game start in franchise history.

Houston started the 1993-94 season 37-13 and went on to win the NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/sKHbN9tKIp

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2018

Key Stats

James Harden:

James Harden tonight:
28 points
11 assists
2 blocks
10/20 shooting

“But the free throws!”

Just 3 free throws all night: 3/3#MVPpic.twitter.com/XagPVtQ3AT

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) February 2, 2018

Clint Capela: 14 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks

Ryan Anderson: 13 points, 3/5 from 3

Gerald Green: 15 points, 5 rebounds

How the Rockets won

James Harden had another spectacular game for the Rockets, as you can see above. He is continuing to prove why he is the MVP of the league this year.

The Rockets hit 14 shots from deep tonight, despite just shooting 33.3% from downtown. The Spurs played good defense but could only stop the Rockets so much.

Clint Capela was an absolute monster in this game. Pau Gasol had just one shot attempt the entire game, partially due to the defense of Clint. He helped out on the defensive glass as the starting guards for the Spurs had more rebounds than Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge.

This defensive performance should land the Rockets back in the top-10 in defensive rating. Coming into tonight, they sat at just 11th.

Here’s one highlight for you guys, the shot that put the Spurs away:

UNSTOPABBLE. pic.twitter.com/pJq34XpSuN

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) February 2, 2018

Beard me.

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