How do I explain this game in three words? Well, there are many ways but I think I have a good one:
Josh McRoberts posters.
Wow. Some people think they are more athletic than they actually are and McRoberts fits that bill. Not once, but twice did he try to stop a Rockets dunk and failed miserably. James Harden and Terrence Jones went flying to the rim and McRoberts wanted some glory, and boy did he get the exact opposite. And right after being posterized by Jones, McRoberts went up for his own dunk on Dwight Howard. REJECTED, and on a completely separate poster, too. You can pick up all three posters at your local Rockets team shop.
Another three words for this game: dagger three pointers.
With the Rockets clinging to a single-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter, it was the dagger three pointers that pushed the Rockets to victory. James Harden (1), Chandler Parsons (2), and Patrick Beverley (1) all daggertized (yes, I made up that word tonight) the Bobcats and finished off the win.
James Harden himself was a big part to the Rockets victory. He finished with 31 points on 10 of 19 shooting, including 14 points in the third quarter. Dwight Howard finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, in 4 assists in his return to the starting lineup. Terrence Jones chipped in 18 points and 7 boards.
The Rockets and Bobcats played pretty evenly in the first quarter and the first half. Jones helped give the Rockets a slight one-point lead after the first quarter with his eight points. Dwight Howard chipped in 6 points, 4 boards, and 3 assists in the first quarter alone. The Rockets couldn’t get out to a bigger lead because they shot just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc.
But that all changed in the 2nd quarter. Harden and the Rockets shot 57% from the field in the second quarter, including 5 of 7 from three point territory. Though the Rockets shot better, the Bobcats were with them the whole way and finished the half within four points of the Rockets.
The Rockets bench all registered plusses in the +/- category tonight. Jeremy Lin finished with 10 points in almost 20 minutes of play. Jordan Hamilton hit two back-to-back threes in the second quarter to help preserve a Rockets lead.
The Rockets will now take a few days off as they head home to face the Philadelphia 76′ers on Thursday night. Sam Hinkie and his twenty million 2nd round draft picks have lost more games in a row than Matt Schaub pick-sixes this past season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.
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