Highlights: Rockets bash the Jazz
Everything went well for the Rockets on Monday night. Everything.
The team was running up and down the floor. Omer Asik essentially neutralized any Jazz interior threat. James Harden lit it up with 25 points. Carlos Delfino and Marcus Morris hit threes. Jeremy Lin was perfect from the field. Chandler Parsons and Patrick Patterson also had big games.
The end result? A trip to Blowout City instead of Salt Lake City. The Rockets defeated the Jazz 125-80. Every Rocket scored.
Believe it or not, this was a close game at some point. The early portion of the second quarter is where the Rockets officially took control. Houston scored 10 straight points to extend a 31-26 lead to 41-26. Obviously, the game got way more out of hand after that, but this is where the game turned.
FROM THE FIELD
The Rockets made every single shot they took. Just kidding, but it certainly pretty much felt that way. Houston shot 47-for-89 for 52.8 percent.
They also hit a bevy of three’s, finishing at 16-34 for 47.1 percent.
AT THE LINE
The Rockets also were amazing from the line, going 15-18 for 83.3 percent. Marcus Morris and Cole Aldrich were the only Rockets who missed any free throws (Asik was a perfect 2-for-2).
Patrick Patterson had a couple of nice dunks, but the one that really will stand out from this will be Harden’s monstrosity to slam home the first half to put the Rockets on top 57-39. Rockets fans everywhere were left with their jaws open after that one.
Up next for the Rockets? The Denver Nuggets, who should present a tougher test than the Rockets had on Monday. Of course, that’s not saying much, but the Nuggets have been doing well of late, winning their last three before Monday’s action. That includes the Nuggets’ 105-95 win over the Rockets last Wednesday.