Houston Rockets: Player grades from loss against Denver Nuggets

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James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets lost to the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center, breaking their eight game win streak. Let’s take a look at the player grades from the game.

On Wednesday, the Houston Rockets lost to the Denver Nuggets 105-95, snapping the team’s eight game win streak.

Denver’s defense limited Houston’s elite offense, as they often double teamed James Harden on pick-and-rolls and they succeeded at cutting off Russell Westbrook‘s driving lanes. Houston’s star back court did a good job at moving the ball, but the team’s role players just couldn’t make open shots.

The Rockets shot just 42.1 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from 3-point range. The Rockets also committed 20 turnovers while dishing out just 19 assists, which can’t happen on the road against an elite team like the Nuggets.

The Rockets didn’t have a great game defensively, but they weren’t particularly bad, either. Sure, Houston gave up 60 points in the paint and 15 offensive rebounds, as the team didn’t have an answer for Nikola Jokic. However, limiting Denver to 105 points on their home floor is impressive, but the Rockets just couldn’t score enough points to stay in the game.

Let’s take a look at the player grades from the Houston Rockets’ fourth loss of the season.

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