Instant Replay: Rockets hold off Warriors, 116-112

Instant Replay: Rockets hold off Warriors, 116-112
December 14, 2013, 12:00 am
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The Rockets improved to a very impressive 5-1 in the second game of a back-to-back with an impressive 116-112 win over Golden State. It was also their second win over the Warriors this season, having beaten them 105-83 last Friday in Houston.

James Harden led the way with 26 points and nine assists. Dwight Howard added 18 points and 11 rebounds and was also perfect at the free throw, nailing 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.

The story of the game, as it was the last time these teams met, was Houston’s perimeter defense. The Warriors were just 6-of-22 from behind the 3-point line and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were just 2-of-12 with nine turnovers.

Homecoming part two

On Thursday night, it was Terrence Jones returning to hometown in Portland. On Friday night, Jeremy Lin returned to the Bay Area, where he grew up. It was not a great night for Lin, who played 20 minutes and scored five points, but also had four turnovers.

Highlight of the night

The last basket of the first quarter was a monster slam by James Harden. Nice move by acting head coach Kelvin Sampson to put Harden back in the game for the final six seconds of the quarter with Golden State shooting free throws. After the made free throw, the Rockets pushed the ball up the court to Chandler Parsons who found a streaking Harden who crushed one over Marresse Speights to close out the quarter.

The game was over when

Pat Beverley hit back-to-back shots for the Rockets. The first was a step back jumper from about 20-feet with the shot clock running out. That put the Rocket up five. He pushed the lead to seven with a running tear drop from about eight feet out and the Rockets led 107-100 with 53 seconds left.

Next up

The last game of the three game road trip comes Sunday for the Rockets at Sacramento. Houston has won nine of their last 11 games against Sacramento, including five of six at Sacramento.