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Player grades from Rockets’ nightmare night against the Miami Heat

Houston Rockets James Harden Eric Gordon Kendrick Nunn (David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets James Harden Eric Gordon Kendrick Nunn (David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets James Harden Eric Gordon Kendrick Nunn (David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Just about everything that could go wrong did for the Houston Rockets, as they suffered a blowout loss that saw the Miami Heat set a franchise record.

If there’s such a thing as a panic button six games into a season, the Houston Rockets might be on the verge of pressing it. Yes, the season is still young and Houston is still a respectable 3-3 after six games, but the way the losses are coming has not been encouraging in the slightest.

Let’s first get the worst stats out of the way:

  • The 46 first-quarter points for the Heat was their all-time home record.
  • The Rockets’ 32-point deficit after the first quarter was the third-biggest in the shot-clock era, which started in 1954.
  • Houston’s 41-point deficit at one point was the worst the Rockets have faced since 2006.

Going into the game, the Rockets were already struggling mightily on the defensive end. After giving up 112 points or more in their first five games, Houston needed to have a sense of urgency on defense to have a chance on Sunday. What ensued was far from it.

All credit to the Miami Heat — they had everything going all game long. Miami seemed to be three steps ahead of the Rockets at every turn, outshooting them 52.8 percent to 39.2, outrebounding them 57-45 and outhustling them all night long.

When all was said and done, Erik Spoelstra’s club had six guys in double figures as Miami embarrassed Mike D’Antoni’s new-look Rockets with a 129-100 victory. Brace yourself, Sunday’s grades aren’t going to be pretty.

Next: The Starters

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