The Houston Rockets took care of business tonight, blowing out the Denver Nuggets and getting back to being tied for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
The Houston Rockets continued to show their dominance over the Denver Nuggets with a huge win tonight. They blew them out 112-85 and won the season series over the Nuggets 3-1.
Winning the season series could be huge should Denver slide a bit to end the season. Having that tiebreaker is very important as the Rockets try to avoid the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs.
The Rockets dominated from the second quarter on after being down 20-25. The bench unit really went to work led by Chris Paul and flat out destroyed the bench of the Nuggets tonight. Austin Rivers was an incredible +34 on the court! We’ll look more into his night momentarily.
The Rockets, of course, were led by James Harden. He dropped a casual 38 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and block. He was an efficient 5/11 from downtown and 13/14 from the free throw line. The haters online were certainly love those stats!
He was also able to play just 32 minutes tonight thanks to the great play of the bench. That is a much-needed rest for the Beard as the team gets ready for the postseason.
Austin Rivers had one of his best games in awhile for the Rockets. He had 15 points and 3 assists and started off 3/3 from downtown, helping the Rockets comeback and build a lead. He hit tough shots and played a great role off the bench.
Like we said earlier, he was an insane +34 tonight. The Rockets built their big lead whenever he was on the court. Overall, he shot 6/10 from the field and 3/7 from deep. If he can play anything like this going forward, he’s going to be a great weapon for Houston.
Clint Capela, as per usual, had a great game against the Nuggets and Nikola Jokic. He put up 17 points and 15 rebounds, running Denver out of the gym at times. He is one of the biggest matchups for the Rockets in a playoffs series against this team.
Eric Gordon put up 17 points on 4/6 shooting from 3, bouncing back after his bad game against the Bucks. Like I wrote about earlier, he is key for the Rockets to have success going forward.
Tonight was a perfect example of the why the Rockets will want to play the Nuggets in a playoffs series. It is a perfect matchup for them, hopefully in the second round.