If you stayed up late enough to catch the entire game, then you got to witness our offense running on all cylinders. I mean these guys were absolutely on fire for most of the game. Our starters cleaned up nicely as James Harden was stellar with 26 points, and 9 assists in a ridiculous 42 minutes of play. Chandler Parsons was able to return to form after a lackluster performance against the Portland Trailblazers, scoring 23 points. Dwight Howard was excellent with 18 points, 11 rebounds and shooting 100% from the free-throw line (7-7). He even made a three point shot from the corner. Patrick Beverley had an awesome night with 16 points as well, most of them coming at a crucial moment in the game when Howard was in foul trouble.
And all of this amazing offensive play coming off of a very short period of rest. Losing to Portland Thursday night and getting into Oakland early Friday morning is not exactly a recipe for fully rested and ready players. According to the Associated Press, “Most players and coaches arrived only about an hour before the scheduled start because the final team bus was stuck in traffic getting over the bridge from San Francisco…”
Don’t forget our bench either. Omri Casspi and Jeremy Lin led the charge off the bench with 10 points and 8 points respectively. In total the Rockets scored 26 points off their bench in very, very limited minutes of play.
As per the usual with this team however, they managed to allow the other team to score way too much and take advantage of turnovers. The Rockets committed 15 turnovers on the night and their defense left something to be desired. The Rockets had just 32 rebounds to the Warriors 56. That can’t happen with Dwight on the floor for over 30 minutes. Stephen Curry racked up 20 points and 9 assists, while David Lee tallied 23 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State. Harrison Barnes chimed in with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists.
Despite their ever lingering defensive woes, the Warriors’ defensive problems were worse, and this was still a great game for the Rockets. It even got nasty out there at times with Draymond Green drawing a flagrant foul for hitting James Harden in the neck with his hand. And can someone tell me why Golden State fans were booing Dwight Howard? It makes zero sense. What reason could they possibly have to boo him? The “missed” goaltending call? Please…
Next up the Rockets take on the ailing 6-15 Sacramento Kings tomorrow night at 5:00 p.m. CST. When you’re playing in a stadium called Sleep Train Arena, you know you have problems. You can catch the game on Comcast SportsNet Houston (if you’re lucky) or on whatever not-quite-legal stream you choose to employ.
Jay-Z said it best, Red Nation. On to the next one…
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