Highlights: Slow start dooms Rockets
It was almost déjà vu for the Rockets as they opened the Warriors game with an atrocious first half somewhat reminiscent of the Timberwolves.
While not as sloppy as that T-Wolves game, the shooting was downright ugly. Just like the Timberwolves game, the Rockets came out of the half with a lot more energy. However, unlike the Timberwolves game, the comeback could not be pulled off completely and the Rockets lost 108-78.
James Harden scored 21 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists. Jeremy Lin had 21 points and led the Rockets’ third-quarter charge.
Lin had brought the Rockets to within five points, 62-57, with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Rockets were on a 26-8 run to start the third. In the next 2:30, though, the Warriors went on a 13-3 run to lead it 75-60 and essentially keep the Rockets away at a safe distance.
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets were downright horrid in the first half, shooting 9-46 after a 3-23 performance in the first quarter. For the game, they finished 28-86 for 32.6 percent.
AT THE LINE
This was where the Rockets were more good throughout the game. If anything, the Rockets could have had more trips to the line, but a lot of contact was being allowed. Houston finished the game 13-16 from the line.
Greg Smith had a dunk in the second quarter. Chandler Parsons had an alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter. Other than that, this was not a pretty night overall for highlights.
The Rockets get two days of practice before they host the Jazz on Wednesday night. The Jazz were only a half game out of the eight spot heading into Sunday’s action.