With sports on pause due to COVID-19, let’s take a look at the Top 5 of the greatest recent sporting moments in Houston sports. Let’s talk Rockets.
Houston Rockets’ faithful — since all sports are on hiatus for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided it would be fun to take a look back at five of the most iconic Houston sports moments, in chronological order, from 2019. For the next five days, I will be posting an article highlighting one of these iconic moments in Houston sports from 2019.
Let’s take a look at moment number one.
James Harden leads a Chris Paul and Eric Gordon-less Rockets to an overtime victory over the Warriors
Back January 3, 2019, the Houston Rockets chances to knock off the juggernaut Golden State Warriors appeared extremely slim. The Rockets went into this game without point guard Chris Paul or shooting guard Eric Gordon, who accounted for much of Houston’s offense throughout the season. But James Harden proved the doubters wrong with a ridiculous triple-double performance.
After the Houston Rockets fell down 17 at the half, Harden took over. The Beard knocked down three-pointers and dished out assist after assist to help Houston crawl back into the game force overtime.
Down two with just under six seconds left in overtime Harden did the unthinkable, knocking down one of the most iconic shots in Houston Rockets history: a double-teamed, 29-foot, three-pointer to put Houston on top 135-134.
Take a look at the moment:
This shot capped off Harden’s 44-point, 15-assist, and 10-rebound triple-double performance to
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lift Houston over a star-studded Warriors team.
While Harden’s incredible performance is what most Houston Rockets’ fans remember from this game, his supporting cast that night should not be forgotten. Clint Capela was a monster in the paint, scoring 29 points and pulling down 21 boards. Austin Rivers, Gerald Green, and Danuel House Jr. combined for 51 points, which included nine made three-pointers.
Although 2019 ultimately turned out disappointing for Houston, there is no doubt that Houston Rockets fans will remember this game, specifically Harden’s acrobatic shot, for years to come which is why I have it as the first of five iconic moments in Houston sports in the year 2019.
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