2. March 18th, 2016 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Rockets’ season didn’t go as expected. The Rockets were coming off the 2014-15 season in which they had reached the Western Conference Finals, and were looking to build upon that finish.
However, the Rockets got off to a slow start and ended up firing coach Kevin McHale 11 games into the season. J.B. Bickerstaff ended up taking over and faced a significant challenge of getting the Rockets back into the postseason. The Rockets ended up going 41-41, which was barely enough to land the final spot in the playoff race.
That season marked the Rockets’ lowest win percentage the Rockets since the 2005-06 season, as the Rockets needed every game to simply make the postseason. Fortunately for Bickerstaff and the Rockets, they had James Harden on the roster, who led the league in total points and minutes.
During the Rockets’ March 18th game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Harden lifted them to a victory, as he finished with a game-high 14 assists and 29 points on just 20 shots. Harden made 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers and went 100 percent from the free throw line.
Harden had 14 points in the third quarter, which gave the Rockets breathing room, as they closed the quarter with a 10-point lead, compared to the four-point lead they had at the beginning of the third. All in all, the Rockets ended up winning 116-111 and Harden’s 20 points in the second half was the highest point total of the half.
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