The Houston Rockets slaughtered the Golden State Warriors 105-83 Friday night at home in the Toyota Center. This despite the lackluster performance and loss against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, the Rockets came together and dominated against the now 11-9 Warriors… and looked great doing it.
The Warriors just couldn’t get anything going. The Rockets jumped out to a huge lead early and never let go. Even with Stephen Curry scoring 22 points, it wasn’t enough to close the gap as no one else on the Warriors roster scored more than 14 points.
James Harden was stellar with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Dwight Howard did his part and ended the night with 22 points, 18 rebounds . Terrence Jones balled out with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Also the Rockets’ bench was solid with Donatas Motiejunas and Aaron Brooks scoring 9 points and 8 points respectively in a very small window of play time. Chandler Parsons was back on the court and played well, but has had better games as he scored only 8 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Speaking of Parsons, either the Rockets are the New York Jets of the NBA, or Chandler Parsons is very important to this team. This was Parsons first game back after being out for two-game as a result of suffering from back spasms – and the two games he was out they lost in a rather uninspiring fashion to even more uninspiring teams.
The Rockets dominated the rebounding game outperforming the Warriors 52 to 43. They also kept their turnovers to a minimum (15) which is something this team has struggled with the entirety of the season. I hope the Rockets remember how this feels, because if they can consistently play the way they have against teams like the Warriors, then this team could be scary good.
Next up, the Rockets take on the Orlando Magic tomorrow at the Toyota Center. You can catch the game on CSN Houston at 8:00 p.m. CST.