The Rockets bust out of their slump with a big win at home against Milwaukee.
The Rockets started out slowly tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, but used big second and fourth quarters to eventually look like the Houston team we all know and love and grab a 111-92 blowout victory at the Toyota Center.
51 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds, and a couple of steals for good measure.
That’s the night that James Harden just had in leading the Rockets to a 123-118 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. And he did it in front of a raucous crowd and a national audience that was almost certainly rooting for the Sixers to win.
The Rockets get back in the win column and secure a milestone for their coach in the process.
The Houston Rockets thrashed the Chicago Bulls 115-94, winning head coach Mike D’Antoni the 500th game of his career, breaking a two-game losing streak and also snapping a streak of bad luck against mediocre Eastern Conference teams. D’Antoni becomes just the 30th coach in NBA history to achieve that milestone and is the fifth active coach to that many wins.
Houston’s three-point shooting returned in the win over Phoenix.
The Rockets had to play almost a full four quarters, but they pulled away down the stretch and were simply too much for a young Suns squad in a 125-111 win.
James Harden finished with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Rockets with his 23rd double-double on the season, which is as many as he had all of last year. He was also 5-11 from beyond the arc in much better shooting night from deep for Houston.
Rockets start off March on the right foot.
The Rockets bounced back from their loss Monday night to beat the Clippers 122-103 on national television in LA Wednesday night.
The win clinches the season series against Los Angeles, and Houston did it in convincing fashion. Despite trailing after the first quarter, the Rockets claimed the lead in the middle of the second and never looked back.
The Rockets started hitting shots and Russell Westbrook missed most of his down the stretch to send Houston up 2-0.
It was a disheartening first half of basketball for Houston, but the game eventually evolved into a microcosm of both the individual seasons for both teams and the MVP race, as the Rockets rebounded in the second half to take down the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 to lead their first-round playoff series 2-0.
James Harden messed around and got another triple double in the Rockets’ blow-out victory.
James Harden finished with his fifth triple double on the season, and the Rockets knocked down 22 threes and also set a season high with 40 assists on their way to a 132-98 pounding of the Sacramento Kings and their eighth straight victory.
Harden’s line was 15 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in just 30 minutes of play, as he now is tied with Hakeem Olajuwon for the franchise lead in triples dips with 14. The Beard sat the entire fourth quarter, getting some additional rest with the blowout.
Harden’s 11th triple-double and Harrell’s career-high 29 lead the Rockets to their third straight
The Rockets scored their third win in a row as they routed the Clippers 140-116. It was Houston’s season-high in points and Houston is now 3.5 games into third place in the Western Conference behind Los Angeles.
The game started out with a full Rocket offensive blitz with 37 first-quarter points, and James Harden almost had a double-double in the first quarter alone, scoring 17 and grabbing 9 rebounds. The lead ballooned into the twenties before Clippers PG Austin Rivers was ejected in the second quarter.
Points, points, and more points!
The Rockets scored 142 points, a season-high, in their win tonight vs. the Timberwolves. In their first game back at Toyota Center since the All-Star break, the Rockets had eight players score in double figures.
Houston moves on to the semis with a big win over the Thunder.
The Houston Rockets advanced to the semifinals of the Western Conference NBA playoffs with a hard-fought 105-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to close out their first-round series in five games.
The Rockets still didn’t play great, but they’re leaving Oklahoma City with a big lead in the series anyway.
It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Houston Rockets gutted out a 113-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
It wasn’t always pretty, but it counts in the win column just the same.
The Rockets overcame some fourth-quarter doldrums that were self-inflicted and some horrid calls by the officials down the stretch, and they also got 21 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists from James Harden told hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 102 - 99 victory and their fifth straight win.
Houston also got one heck of a gutsy performance from Patrick Beverley, who finished with only 3 points on 1-8 shooting, but also had 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. In addition, he harassed Russell Westbrook into an 8-25 shooting night, and despite allowing Westbrook his seventh straight triple double, Beverley locked him down into a miss with some nasty defense with under 10 seconds remaining to help seal the Houston win.
Houston even rested some starters in the fourth quarter of this blowout.
The Rockets toyed with the Lakers for the vast majority of the night, holding a double digit lead for most of the game before stepping on the gas in the third quarter and blowing the Lakers off the floor 139-100.
Houston made easy work of the Lakers and rested some starters in the process.
Well, we asked for an early night for the Rockets starters and we got one, as Houston rolled over the shorthanded Lakers 134 - 95 at the Toyota Center for their fourth straight victory and largest point total of the season.
The Rockets were led by Eric Gordon’s 26 points, and he also set a new career high by draining 8 triples. Gordon played just 24 minutes and got some much-needed rest for that sprained ankle. Houston also got 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals from James Harden. The Beard sat the entire fourth quarter and should be well rested for Friday’s matchup with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Records were meant to be broken at Toyota Center tonight.
The Rockets pulled out their ninth straight win and defeated the Pelicans 122-100 in which several records were broken.
James Harden earned another triple-double, his second in a row, and his fifteenth of his career. With the triple-double, he passes Hakeem Olajuwon for most in team history. Considering Olajuwon had fourteen triple-doubles in sixteen years with the Rockets and Harden has had fifteen in just five years as a Rocket shows how brilliant of a basketball player he is and how the game has evolved.
A crazy final minute highlighted Houston’s third straight win.
In a frantic final minute of action that featured a flagrant one on James Harden, a sprained ankle for Eric Gordon, a tackle of Montrezl Harrell and ultimately a ball-don’t-lie miss at the buzzer by Al Horford, the Rockets managed to hang on and defeat the Celtics 107-106 at the Toyota Center to move to 14-7 on the season.
Rockets are now 9-0 following a loss this season
Houston gave their fans a late Christmas gift as they defeated the Suns 131-115 on Monday night. The Rockets improved to 9-0 following a loss and have yet to lose consecutive games this season.
I was fortunate enough to go to this game and watching them live is something else. This team is so exciting to watch on TV, and they are twice as fun live. They definitely give their fans their money’s worth and the win is the cherry on top. If you have a chance to catch a game at Toyota Center this season, please take the opportunity.
The Houston Rockets had a face-to-face meeting with 2016 second-round pick Zhou Qi for the first time in the United States on Sunday.
It's the second night of a back-to-back for both teams.
One night after squeaking by the Thunder in Oklahoma City, the Rockets return home to battle the cross-state rival Dallas Mavericks tonight in Houston. The Rockets could certainly have tired legs after the hard-fought match with the Thunder, but the Mavs are also on the second game of a back-to-back, so no excuses.
Houston has dropped two in a row for the first time all season. It couldn't have come at a better time.
The Rockets did not do well against the Nets last year. The team from Brooklyn was winless before they beat the Rockets. Then, as they continued to suck, they beat the Rockets again.
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