Highlights: Rockets take down Warriors
So much for payback. It may not have been NBA-record-tying like the previous week, but the Rockets again outplayed the Warriors and beat them 116-107.
Seven Rockets scored in double figures, including all five starters. It was a very good fantasy day for several of the Rockets. Considering his sore knee and new ankle injury, James Harden had a gutsy 27 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
Chandler Parsons had 21 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists. Jeremy Lin had 14 points and 10 assists with no turnovers. Omer Asik had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Marcus Morris came alive about three-and-a-half minutes into the fourth quarter for a sequence that included two dunks and a three-pointer in a span of five Rockets hoops to open up what was a close game to a commanding 107-95 edge. Those were seven of Morris’ 12 points total for the game.
FROM THE FIELD
Houston shot 43-91 for 47.3 percent. They may not have hit 23 treys, but they did shoot 10-34 for 29.4 percent from distance. Asik was highly efficient, shooting, 6-8 from the field.
AT THE LINE
The Rockets didn’t shoot as well from the line in the second half, but because they were scoring from the stripe in the first half, they finished 20-25 for 80 percent on their free throws. Harden and Lin combined to go 19-19 from the line.
Lin found Parsons for a couple of nice dunks. Parsons found Pattersons and Asik for dunks. Morris had those two big dunks in the fourth. Lots of teamwork and ball movement, obviously.
The Rockets travel to face the Clippers on Wednesday evening. LA is coming off a 107-90 win on Monday over the 76ers. Unlike the last time these two teams played, when the Clippers beat Houston 117-109 at the Toyota Center, the Clippers will have Chris Paul in the lineup. The Clippers have a strong 37-17 record and sit third in the Western Conference.