The Rockets made 39.6 percent of their 3-pointers, which was needed to counter the Mavs’ hot shooting. The Rockets were also outrebounded 55-43, which is to be expected with the small ball lineup the Rockets employ.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 80 points, 20 rebounds, and 16 assists, as they proved to be too much for the Mavericks to handle. The Rockets’ bench scored 33 points, which was a significant contribution, but the Mavs’ bench generated 49 points.
The victory moved the Rockets to fifth place in the Western Conference standings, and should give Houston Rockets fans confidence that the team will be okay without Eric Gordon, who is expected to miss up to two weeks.
Next up for the Houston Rockets, a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks, who the Rockets haven’t played since opening night, which was a game that went in Milwaukee’s favor, as they won 117-111.