The Rockets played poorly all night but they stepped up in the fourth and won it for the city.
The Houston Rockets have now won 11 in a row after stunning the Suns at the buzzer. Gerald Green was the hero as he got the shot off as time expired and buried the 3 to win it.
Moments before, Suns’ rookie Josh Jackson hit a tough shot to put the Suns up 2. It looked like the end with just 1.2 seconds left, but Gerald Green said no.
Let’s look at some of the key stats from tonight:
James Harden: 28 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists
Gerald Green: 15 points, game-winning shot as time expired
P.J. Tucker: 18 points, 5-7 from 3
Joe Johnson: 16 points, 6 rebounds
How the Rockets won
Houston managed to win thanks to some fourth-quarter heroics. They outscored the Suns by 12 in the fourth after being down by double-digits most of the game.
The Rockets were lazy and disinterested in playing for the majority of the game. They seemed not ready to play and were overmatched by the young Suns. They shot lights-out from the floor and looked like the No. 1 seed in the West.
Clint Capela had a weak game for Houston. He finished with just 6 points and 8 rebounds and had 0 free throws.
Okay, we know you all want to see it. Here is game-winning shot by Gerald Green in all its glory:
Houston mobbed him after he hit the shot, deservingly so. He and Eric Gordon now have the only two of the Rockets buzzer-beaters this season.
Hopefully, the Rockets will come out with more motivation for the rest of the season, especially Sunday against the Spurs. We shall see on Easter!