Oh my Randy Foye!!! Foye showed the Denver Nuggets faithful the exact reason he was drafted 7th overall in 2006. Granted, he was going up against a Rockets defense that allowed 130 points to the Lakers the night before, but still, what a phenomenal performance for Foye as he dropped 30 points, dished out 15 assists, and grabbed 5 rebounds in the 123-116 win over the Rockets.
Enough about the Nuggets and Foye for now. The Rockets came out flat in the first quarter, allowing the Nuggets to get off to a 30-11 start before the Rockets went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter. The Rockets shot just 26% from the field and 0-9 from downtown to start the game and it proved to be too big of a hole for the Rockets to climb out of.
The second quarter was better for the Rockets and that was in part due to Jeremy Lin who dropped 18 points in the second quarter alone. Lin finished 6-6 from the field, including a 4-4 from downtown to trim the Rockets deficit to 10 points at the half.
The third quarter the Nuggets took over and were in control of the game the rest of the way. The Rockets took out their starters and went with the bench in the fourth quarter and they almost sparked an incredible comeback. Troy Daniels went 4-6 from distance for 12 fourth quarter points and had the Rockets within six points with two minutes remaining, but they couldn’t quite complete the comeback.
Besides Randy Foye, the Rockets were destroyed by Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov. Faried finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Mozgov finished with 22 points and 6 boards. The effect of a back-to-back on the road in Denver clearly affected Terrence Jones as Faried beat him down court several times for easy baskets.
James Harden and the rest of the Rockets offense struggled for the most part. Harden finished with just 10 points on 1/9 shooting from the field. Chandler Parsons finished with 16 points and Omer Asik had a 12/12 double-double.
The Rockets did have eight different players in double figures but that’s because of the bench usage last night. Jordan Hamilton finished with a team high 29:57 minutes and pitched in with 11 points off the bench. Donatas Motiejunas also had 11 points in 29 minutes as no starter played more than 26 minutes.
The Rockets head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Friday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM and can be seen on CSN Houston.