After a week of nail-biting basketball the Rockets were finally able to win one relatively comfortably. The Rockets moved to 7-4 after defeating the Nuggets 122-111.
With the Rockets up 12 and under 6 minutes remaining, the Nuggets decided to employ their “Hack-A-Dwight” strategy, or as I like to call it, the Hackothon. Howard would go on to hit 13/19 free throws late in the game, and once the Nuggets finally decided to stop, the Nuggets were met with a loud standing ovation from the Houston faithful, followed by a Harden three which put the Nuggets out of reach.
Chandler Parsons continues to be a key factor for the Rockets, and scored eight of the first 10 Rockets points of the night on his way to 20 points. James Harden quietly put in 17 of his own (5-16 shooting), including 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Dwight Howard only went 4-6 from the field, but his 17-24 free throw shooting put him at a total of 25 points on the night. Jeremy Lin had another nice game with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.
The Rockets went with Donatas Motiejunas off the bench in the first half, with Omer Asik missing another game with
can’t suck-it-up’ness an illness and Greg Smith out. Motiejunas played well on the offensive end adding 12 points on 5-6 shooting, but still has plenty of work to do defensively. Motiejunas had 5 fouls in just 16 minutes and was a (surprising) -6 when on the court.
Terrence Jones continues to prove why he should have started alongside Dwight Howard since the beginning of the season. Jones has done a nice job of protecting the rim, and added another 3 blocks tonight. Jones finished with 14 points (1-2 from three) and 12 boards and has done a great job both offensively and defensively in his last several starts.
The Rockets will stay home to face the Boston Celtics this Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.