Highlights: Rockets crush Nets on Friday
The Brooklyn Nets are in a full-blown tailspin and the Rockets showed no mercy on Friday night, pounding them into submission, 114-95.
Houston had a 10-point lead just over seven minutes into the game and the Nets never even put up a fight.
Chandler Parsons was on fire hitting all seven of his shots from the floor, all but one of which was behind the 3-point line for 21 points. The six 3-pointers made, tied his career high.
After missing the last three games due to his sore foot, James Harden returned and scored nine points and added seven assists.
He was only needed for 26 minutes, even though it was announced earlier today that Jeremy Lin would miss the next two weeks with a grade-1 knee sprain and contusion. He will be re-evaluated at that time.
Anything you can do I can do better
With the Rockets blowing out the Nets basically from tip-off, about the only competition to watch was which bench player would score the most points. Omri Casspi, Aaron Brooks and Francisco Garcia scored five, eight and nine points, respectively in the first half.
Each was on the court to close out the game as they battled for bench supremacy on this night. Casspi would take home the title scoring 16 points, followed by Garcia with 15 and Brooks with 14.
Highlight of the night
With the Rockets already pulling away late in the second quarter, Pat Beverley missed a 3-pointer. As the ball was headed out of bounds in front of the Rockets bench, James Harden leaped in the air, grabbed it and flipped it over his head back towards the top of the 3-point line. Beverley out jumped Joe Johnson to corral it, found Parsons for a wing 3-pointer and Parsons nailed it.
The Toyota Center crowd erupted as the shot ripped through the net on a night where the opposition did not put up much of a fight.
The game was over when
The Rockets scored first. As simple as that sounds, it feels right describing this one.
The Nets had no answers all night long, in fact four of their five starters were benched after halftime. Terrence Jones scored the first basket of the game for the fourth consecutive game and the Rockets never trailed for the fifth consecutive game at Toyota Center.
The Rockets will play the second night of their fifth back-to-back set of games in San Antonio.
Houston is 3-1 on the second night of back-to-back games so far this season.
San Antonio won three of the four meetings between the two teams last year, with winning the last of the four games, 96-95 in Houston. The Rockets have lost seven straight games in San Antonio.