Highlights: Rockets take out Hornets
It was clear the Rockets wanted to get back to the way things were when times were good. On Friday night, Houston had its best game in several weeks as they knocked off the Hornets 100-82 . James Harden led the way with 30 points and eight assists . Jeremy Lin filled the stat sheet with 13 points, eight assists, and six steals. And Patrick Patterson was an all-around beast with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hornets were within four points at 48-44 after the Rockets were a tad sheepish to start the second half. Then, the Rockets turned it on. They went on a 12-2 run to take a 60-46 lead and they ultimately took control.
FROM THE FIELD
Houston shot 34-71 for 47.9 percent. If you take out his seven first half turnovers, Harden was incredibly efficient with 8-15 shooting and with his many free throw trips, with more on that later.
AT THE LINE
It was a normal game at the line for the Rockets. Normal means 21-26 shooting for 80.8 percent. After a game where he was limited to five free throw attempts, Harden got to the line 12 times and made all of them.
Chandler Parsons had a nice slicing dunk with defenders converging to give the Rockets a 31-22 lead.
The Rockets will look to keep the good times rolling when they come back home to face Brooklyn. The Nets are rolling, having won nine of their last 10. They have the third best record in the Eastern Conference. Like the Rockets, the Nets played a Friday night game, getting trounced by the Grizzlies 101-77.