Notes: James Harden starts 2014 strong

Notes: James Harden starts 2014 strong
January 12, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Harden on the delays and losing rhythm

You’ll have nothing and like it

The Rockets survived a massive collapse, to still manage to beat the Wizards, 114-107 on Saturday night in Washington.

Houston, which once led by 25 points in the third quarter, took a 14-point lead with 10:42 remaining in the game when Francisco Garcia hit a 3-pointer, the only 3-pointer the Rockets would make in the fourth quarter. Then the Rockets just stopped scoring. They were scoreless for the next six minutes and eight seconds. Houston missed all seven shots, missed three free throws and turned the ball over five times as they fell behind by five points.

But once James Harden hit a free throw to break the drought with 4:34 left in the game, roles completely reversed for the two teams. Washington made 10-of-13 shots to start the quarter and turn a 15-point point deficit into a five-point lead. They would not hit a shot the rest of the game. All 15 shots they attempted missed their mark, including five shots from within three feet. Houston outscored the Wizards 17-5 down the stretch to avoid what would have been a stunning loss.

Harden leads the way

Harden has scored at least 25 points in all four games in 2014 and is averaging 31.25 points per game In the Rockets four January games. Only his former teammate Kevin Durant has a higher scoring average in January (34.0 points per game).

Howard near the top

Dwight Howard is second among active players in career field goal percentage at 57.7 percent. He’s finished first or second in that category in each of the last four seasons. This season he’s shooting nearly exactly his career average at 57.5 percent, but that is good for just fifth in the league currently.