Instant replay: Rockets bounce back, beat Warriors

Instant replay: Rockets bounce back, beat Warriors
December 6, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Dec 6, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket during the second quarter as Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) defends at Toyota Center.

(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

James Harden said on Thursday that the Rockets had a chance to have a nice bounce back game Friday night. Chandler Parsons said it’s always fun to play against the Warriors. They were true to their word as the Rockets dominated the Warriors from start to finish with a 105-83 win to snap a two-game losing streak.

Houston held the Warriors to 35.5 percent shooting, the Warriors worst shooting performance of the season. They also forced 22 turnovers,

Dwight Howard was a force all night with 22 points and 18 rebounds and James Harden led the Rockets with 34 points, the third time he’s scored over 30 in his last four games.

Welcome back

After missing the last two games because of back spasms, Chandler Parsons worked with an acupuncturist, the Rockets brought in from California. Parsons said he thought the treatment, which consisted of about 20 needles in his back, was working and he made the start tonight. It was far from a bang up night for Parsons, who finished with eight points, five assists and four rebounds on 3-of-13 shooting.

Highlight of the night

Late in the second quarter with the Rockets pulling away from the Warriors, Chandler Parsons stole the ball and just floated a pass down to the other end of the court where James Harden scooped it up and threw down his most vicious slam of the year. It put Houston up 23 points and was a strong sign that Harden was playing with some strong attitude in this game.

The game was over when

When James Harden made his 13th field goal – his only 3-pointer of the night – to give the Rockets a 98-79 lead with just 3:27 left in the game. Harden had a nice rebound performance from Wednesday, when he made just 3-of-17 shots. He made 13-of-22 shots and finished with 34 points.

Next up

The Rockets three-game home stand wraps up on Sunday with Orlando in town for their only visit. Houston won both meetings last year by eight points. Orlando is led by Arron Afflalo who averages 22.6 points per game and Nikola Vucevic who averages 14.7 points per game and is fifth in the league grabbing 10.9 rebounds per game.  Orlando got destroyed by the Knicks on Friday night, 121-83 to fall to 6-13.