The Rockets were able to handle the Wizards tonight by a score of 120-104.
The Houston Rockets are now 63-15 after defeating the Washington Wizards in blowout fashion. They weren’t messing around this game like they were for the previous two, that’s for sure.
They pretty much dominated from start to finish and kept the lead in the double-digit category for most of the game.
The Rockets decided to rest Trevor Ariza tonight, so Luc Mbah a Moute started in his place. As far as injuries go, Ryan Anderson actually left the game with an ankle sprain. Hopefully, he is alright and ready to go come playoff time.
Let’s look at some of the stats from tonight:
James Harden: 38 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists
Clint Capela: 21 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks
Gerald Green: 16 points, 4/8 from 3
How the Rockets won
James Harden heard that he was slumping and decided to go off against Washington. He broke out of his shooting drought by putting up 38 points on a ridiculously efficient 12/18 shooting (5/8 from 3, 9/10 FT).
Clint Capela had himself a night against Marcin Gortat of the Wizards. He too broke out of his “slump” to produce a 20-10 night.
The legend of Gerald Green-light continues. After hitting a game-winner a few nights ago, Green has another great game on a night that saw Chris Paul struggle. After the game, SportsRadio 610’s Adam Spolane put out this tweet:
Mike D’Antoni on Gerald Green’s playoff role “Oh, he’s playing”
— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) April 4, 2018
Green definitely deserves the playing time that will come to him. Hopefully, D’Antoni will have a bigger rotation than last year’s playoffs so guys like Green and Anderson will play a decent bit.
The Wizards actually shot better than the Rockets tonight, but Houston was able to force 17 turnovers, and that was one of the key reasons why they won. Moreyball was definitely in play as well as the Rockets shot 21 more 3s than the Wizards.
The next game for the Rockets will be on Thursday against the Trail Blazers. Go Rockets!