Houston Rockets News
5-26-15: On Memorial Day the Golden State Warriors looked to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals while the Houston Rockets looked to live another day and force a Game Five in the best of seven series. The game was played in front of the home crowd for the Rockets in Houston with many veterans and their families in attendance. The Rockets used the home crowd to post a whopping 45 points in the first quarter propelling the team to a 23 point lead after one quarter. The Warriors erased some of the deficit in the second quarter but the team lost Stephen Curry to an injury taking some of the air out of the Golden State offense. Harden took advantage of the short-handed Warriors defense scoring a playoff career high 45 points leading his team to a 128-115 victory. The Rocket forced the Game Five and now trail in the best of seven series 3-1.
5-24-15: On Saturday night the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets played Game Three of the Western Conference Finals back in with the Warriors leading the best of seven series 2-0. Houston did not want to go down 3-0 in the series but the team did not come out playing like it as they fell behind Golden State by 25 points at halftime. The team did not do much better in the second half either as Houston was outscored in every single quarter of the contest despite 17 points from James Harden and 14 points and 14 points from Dwight Howard. In the end the Warriors were able to totally dismantle putting their backs against the wall with a 115-80 victory as Golden State took a commanding 3-0 series in the best of seven series.
5-22-15: On Thursday night the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors continued their Western Conference Finals series with Game Two bring played in Golden State. Houston fell to the Warriors in Game One due to the fact that the team could not stop Stephen Curry as the Rockets looked to do a better job of that in the second game. The team would have some help as Dwight Howard returned to the court after a knee injury left him questionable after Game One but Curry was still on fire in this contest. James Harden had a hot shooting hand as well as he led all scorers in the contest with 38 points and nine assists while Howard added 17 rebounds but in the final seconds Golden State desperately held on to a one point lead. Harden had the ball in his hands for the final shot of the contest but he could not get the shot off in time due to the Warriors stingy defense as the Rockets lost the game 99-98 and now find themselves down 2-0 in the best of seven series heading home to Houston.
5-20-15: On Tuesday night the NBA kicked off their Conference Finals rounds of the playoffs with the Houston Rockets traveling to Golden State to take on the Golden State Warriors in Game One. Houston came into the series fresh off a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games that included rattling off the final three wins of the series consecutively to reach the finals. The Rockets looked fresh from the field despite having fewer days off than Golden State and took advantage of a little early rust from Stephen Curry and company to take a seven point lead after one quarter. That was the high of the contest for Houston unfortunately as they let Curry get hot and could not keep pace with the high powered Warriors offense as the team got outscored in each of the next two quarters by 12 points. Houston attempted yet another fourth quarter comeback behind James Harden’s 28 points and nine assists night but it was not enough in a narrow 110-106 defeat to go down 1-0 in the best of seven series with the Warriors.
5-18-15: On Sunday night the NBA returned to action with a do-or-die Game Seven between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets after taking the night off on Saturday night. The Clippers had let a commanding 3-1 series lead get away forcing this Game 7 in Houston while James Harden was one step away from fulfilling his pre-season goal of an NBA championship. Harden came out on fire early on in the contest as Houston took an early seven point lead after the first quarter and a 10 point lead with them into the locker room at half time. The Rockets continued to pour things on in the third extending their lead to 17 before the beginning of the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul staged a fourth quarter comeback but it was not enough to stop Harden who led all scorers with 31 points and eight assists or Dwight Howard who pulled down 15 rebounds in an eventual 113-100 series clinching victory over Los Angeles. Houston has won the best of seven series 4-3 and will face off with the #1 seeded Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
5-15-15: On Thursday night the Rockets looked to force a decisive Game 7 with the Clippers while living to fight another day in the Western Conference playoffs. The battle was going to tough and uphill for the Rockets though as they faced off with the Clippers on the road inside the Staples Center with the crowd in full playoff mode. Houston hung tough in the first half but the third quarter looked like doomsday for the Rockets as the team managed just 17 points total and took a 13 point deficit with them into the fourth quarter with their backs against the wall. In the fourth James Harden, Dwight Howard and Jason Terry went off leading a charge that included a 40 point barrage while holding the Clippers offense to just 15 points in a 119-107 victory for the Rockets. With the epic come from behind victory Houston has tied the series up at 3-3 and will play the decisive Game 7 at home in Houston on Saturday night.
5-13-15: On Tuesday night the Rockets returned home to Houston looking to force a Game Six in the series after falling behind the Clippers 3-1 in the best of seven series. If the team was going to stop the impressive show that DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin have put on this series they were going to need all hands on deck in the contest and they got the support that James Harden and Dwight Howard needed to put together a victory. Harden finished the contest with 26 points and 10 assists with the help of 10 big rebounds from Howard as the Rockets were able to blow out the Clippers by the final score of 124-103. With the victory Houston’s backs are still up against the walls as Los Angeles leads the best of seven series 3-2 but the Rockets are taking this one game at a time.
5-11-15: On Sunday night James Harden and his Houston Rockets teammates looked to even up their best of seven series with the Clippers in a Mother’s Day showdown. The Rockets gave away home court advantage losing one game in Houston and looked to reclaim that advantage despite a slow night from Dwight Howard. Harden did score 21 points and dished out six assists while Trevor Ariza added eight rebounds but this contest belonged to the Clippers from the get-go. Houston was outscored in each of the final three quarters in the contest and ultimately fell to the Clippers by the final score of 128-95. With the loss the Rockets backs are against the wall as the team now faces a 3-1 deficit in the best of seven series and a potential elimination from the NBA playoffs.
5-7-15:On Wednesday night the Rockets faced off with the Los Angeles Clippers with the home team potentially facing a 0-2 deficit before heading out on the road with a loss. James Harden was up to the task and looked to lead Rockets team to a victory over a short-handed Clippers team who was once again without Chris Paul as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Harden led his Rockets to an early 11 point lead after one quarter before the defense fell apart leaving the team trailing by nine heading into the locker room at halftime. With a 0-2 series deficit looming Harden and Dwight Howard led a charge in the second half that completely outscored and dominated Los Angeles to grind out a 115-109 victory over the Clippers. Harden finished with 32 points and seven assists while Howard grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory for Houston that tied up the series at one game apiece.
5-5-15: On Monday night the Rockets were finally back out on the court after quickly sending Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks back home for the summer in five games. Houston watched idly as the Clippers and Spurs went to a seventh game in their series and watched as Los Angeles guard Chris Paul injured his hamstring in the victory. The Rockets would not have to deal with Paul and his heroics on this night as he missed the game with that injury but Houston played like more than a few of their starters missed the game as well. Dwight Howard led the way for Houston with a 22 point and 10 rebound double-double while James Harden added 20 points and 12 assists but it was not enough to stop Blake Griffin of the Clippers. The Los Angeles star had a triple-double in the contest propelling his tea m to a shocking 117-101 victory and a 1-0 series lead in their best of seven series.
4-29-15: On Tuesday night the Rockets looked to close out the Mavericks in front of their home crowd in Houston while Dallas looked to stave off elimination and live to fight another day in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Dallas came out of the locker room flat in the first quarter scoring just 22 points putting the team in an early nine point deficit on the road. Despite Monta Ellis scoring 25 points and Dirk Nowitzki grabbing 14 rebounds in the effort the Mavericks could not overcome shooting just 38% from the court as a team and 18 turnovers in a 103-94 loss to Houston. James Harden acknowledged a desire to win an NBA championship this season with Houston and he helped his Rockets team take that next step in the contest scoring 28 points and dishing out eight assists in the series clinching victory. Houston wins the best of seven series 4-1.
4-27-15: The Houston Rockets clinched home court advantage through the first round of the Western Conference playoffs after posting a 56-26 record in the regular season. The Rockets clinched the #2 seed by winning their division and will play host to the #7 seeded Dallas Mavericks after they went 50-32 this season. These two teams played four times during the regular season with Houston winning three out of four of those contests. Game One was played on Sunday afternoon in Houston as each team took their first steps towards an NBA Championship. The Rockets have dominated the Mavericks all season long and that dominance continued in the first game of this series. The Mavericks offense was hot and cold for much of the night as the team took an early 13 point deficit in the first quarter only to turn it into a four point deficit by the half. The problem for Dallas wasn’t as much the offense though as it was the defenses as the team had no answer for James Harden as the Rockets star went on to lead all scorers with 24 points and 11 assists. Dirk Nowitzki matched Harden in points with 24 to lead all Mavericks scorers but it was not enough in an eventual 118-108 loss to Houston. The Rockets lead the best of seven series 1-0. Tuesday night the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets played the second game of their best of seven series with Houston acting as the home team. The Houston Rockets have dominated the Dallas Mavericks during the regular season and that dominance continued in Game One of the playoffs, something Monta Ellis and company hoped to turn around on Tuesday night. Ellis led his Mavericks team in scoring on the night with 24 points with the help of 13 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki as Dallas kept it close heading into the fourth quarter looking to steal home court advantage away from the Rockets. Dwight Howard had other plans though and used his 28 points and 12 rebounds night to extend their one point lead in the fourth quarter to a twelve point victory when the Rockets took down the Mavericks 111-99 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the best of seven series. Get your tickets for next week as the team looks to finish off the Dallas Mavericks and enter the second round of the NBA playoffs.
4-4-15: The Houston Rockets are one step closer to the Western Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 48-23 record that left them with the #3 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #6 seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The Rockets started this week by staying at home in Houston to face off with Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game the young Timberwolves team could not keep up with the high powered Houston Rockets offense in an eventual 120-110 loss for Minnesota. The leading scorer in the contest was James Harden who had 33 points for Houston while Dwight Howard added 18 points in the victory for the Rockets. Meanwhile the scoring attack for Minnesota was led by Andrew Wiggins who had 31 points while Chase Budinger added 23 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Timberwolves. For the Rockets next contest the team made the trip out to Washington to face off with John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the game the Wizards team seemingly ditched playing defense in the first half allowing the Rockets to score 59 points which led the team to a 99-91 victory over Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was John Wall who had 25 points and 12 assists for the Wizards while Marcin Gortat grabbed 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Rockets was led by James Harden who had 24 points and six assists while Josh Smith grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory for Houston. For the Rockets next contest the team made the trip north of the border to Toronto to face off with the Toronto Raptors. During the game the Raptors and the Rockets went bucket for bucket and shot for shot as the two teams went back and forth during the contest. The game came down to who would have the basketball last and that team was the Toronto Raptors who, led by 42 points from DeMar DeRozan, were able to take out the Rockets by the final score of 99-96. The Rockets and James Harden did their best to stick around behind Harden’s 31 points but it was not enough in the loss for Houston. For the Rockets next contest the team made the trip back home to Houston to play host to Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings. During the game DeMarcus Cousins had a triple double for the Kings but got upstaged by James Harden and his career high scoring output in a 115-111 victory for the Rockets. Harden’s new career high in scoring for a single game is now 51 points after the contest while Dorsey added 11 rebounds in the victory for Houston. Meanwhile Cousins scored 24 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for Sacramento but it was not enough in the loss for the Kings. For the final game of the week for the Houston Rockets the team traveled to Dallas to face off with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. During the game the Rockets used a big time second half in which they scored 61 points to propel the team to a come from behind 108-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The leading scorer in the contest was James Harden who followed up high 51 point night with 24 more points against Dallas while Josh Smith grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Mavericks was led by 21 points from Dirk Nowitzki and eight rebounds from Tyson Chandler but the team’s lackluster fourth quarter led to a loss for Dallas. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 52-24.
3-31-15: The Houston Rockets have one of the best records in all the NBA this season after posting a 46-22 record this season. If the season ended today the Rockets would take that impressive record with them back home to play host to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets started this week by staying at home in Houston to play host to Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns. During the game the Rockets had a huge first quarter but slumped in the second half managing just 41 points in an eventual 117-102 loss to the Suns. The leading scorer in the contest was Eric Bledsoe who had 34 points for the Suns while PJ Tucker added 19 points in the victory for Phoenix. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Rockets was led by Donatas Motiejunas who had 18 points while Josh Smith added 17 points but it was not enough in the loss for Houston. For the next Rockets contest the team made the trip out to Indiana to face off with George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the game the Pacers offense was held to just 15 points in the first quarter and even with a 32 point explosion in the fourth the team could not make up the deficit in a 110-100 loss to Houston. The leading scorer in the contest was James Harden who had 44 points and seven assists in the game while Trevor Ariza grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory for the Rockets. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by Watson who had 23 points while Roy Hibbert had 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Indiana. For the Rockets next contest the team made the trip out to New Orleans to face off with Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. During the game the Pelicans blew an early lead and gave up some ground in the Western Conference playoff race in a 95-93 loss to Houston. The leading scorer in the contest was Tyreke Evans who had 28 points and seven assists for the Pelicans while Anthony Davis grabbed 14 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for New Orleans. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Rockets was led by James Harden who had 25 points and 10 assists while Trevor Ariza added nine rebounds in the victory for Houston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 48-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team stayed home to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves before setting out on the road to play a pair of road games against the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors. The team will then stay home to play host to the Sacramento Kings before finishing their week off in Dallas facing off with the Dallas Mavericks.
3-24-15: The Houston Rockets have their eyes on a playoff spot after another strong week last week. With that strong week and a strong second half the Rockets are racing towards the playoffs with a 43-22 record. The Rockets started this week by making the trip out to Staples Center to face off with Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game the Clippers came out of the gates firing on all cylinders only to manage 68 points in the final three quarters allowing Houston to squeak by with a 100-98 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was James Harden who posed 34 points and seven assists for the Rockets while Jones pulled down 12 rebounds in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Clippers was led by 23 points from Chris Paul and 20 rebounds from DeAndre Jordan but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the Rockets next contest the team stayed at home in Houston to play host to Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic. During the game the Magic and the Rockets traded buckets for the first three quarters before Orlando ran out of steam in the fourth quarter in an eventual 107-94 loss to Houston. The leading scorer in the contest was Victor Oladipo who had 29 points for Orlando while Nikola Vucevic added 11 rebounds in the loss for the Magic. Meanwhile the Rockets scoring attack was led by Motiejunas who had 23 points while Patrick Beverley added seven assists in the victory for Houston. For the final game of the week for the Rockets the team stayed home in Houston to play host to Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets. During the game James Harden set a new career high in scoring in a single contest as his team was able to take down Denver by the final score of 118-108. Harden’s new career high in scoring is now 50 points after the Rockets guard dropped that on the Nuggets along with 10 rebounds in the victory for Houston. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Nuggets was led by Tyson Chandler who had 23 points but it was not enough in the loss for Denver. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 46-22. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays host to the Phoenix Suns before traveling for a pair of road games against the Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Pelicans.
3-3-15: The Houston Rockets come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week with one of the best records in the NBA this season sporting a 36-17 record. The Rockets started this week by making the trip out to Dallas to take on Rajon Rondo and the Dallas Mavericks on the road. During the contest the Mavericks shot 47% from the field as a team and held the Rockets to just 41% shooting in a 111-100 victory for Dallas. James Harden actually led all scorers in the contest for Houston with 26 points while Trevor Ariza added 16 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Rockets. Meanwhile the Mavericks scoring attack was led by 17 points each from Al-Farouq Aminu and Devin Harris while a trio of teammates added 13 points each in the victory for Dallas. The Rockets hoped for better results in their next contest when the team made the trip back home to Houston to play host to the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Raptors were held to just 76 points on the night while shooting just 33% from the field as a team in a 98-76 loss to the Rockets. Toronto’s leading scorer was James Johnson who had 27 points but DeMar DeRozan managed just 10 points in the loss for the Raptors. Meanwhile the Rockets scoring attack was led by 26 points from Corey brewer while James Harden added 20 points in the victory for Houston. For the Rockets next contest the team stayed home in Houston to play host to Kevin Garnett, Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Timberwolves managed to shoot just 33% from the field as a team after introducing Kevin Garnett back to team in a 113-102 loss to Houston. Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points on the night to lead Minnesota in scoring while Kevin Martin added 21 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Timberwolves. Meanwhile the Rockets scoring attack was led by 31 points from James Harden while Josh Smith added 17 points in the victory for Houston. For the Rockets next contest the team made the trip back home to Houston to play host to Chris Paul and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game the Clippers actually out-shot the Rockets 44% to 41% as a team but Los Angeles turned the ball over six more times than Houston leading to more shooting opportunities for James Harden. Harden led his team with 21 points in the contest while Corey Brewer added 20 points in the victory for the Rockets. Meanwhile the Clippers scoring attack was led by 24 points from Jamal Crawford while DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul added 22 points each but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 39-18. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays host to both the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers before traveling to Atlanta to face off with the Atlanta Hawks. The team will then return home to Houston to finish their week off when the team plays host to the Memphis Grizzlies.
2-20-15: The Houston Rockets had another great week last week and head into NBA All Star Weekend posting
one of the best records in the NBA this season with a 36-17 record. The Rockets started this week by
watching one of their own in Kostas Papanikolapu participate in the inaugural World vs. Team USA
Rising Stars Game and score two points in the victory for the World. The next night the Rockets watched
as Patrick Beverley participated in the Taco Bell Skills Competition on NBA All Star Saturday Night.
Beverley advanced to the second round with a strong performance where he faced off with the Atlanta
Hawks guard Jeff Teague. Beverley fell behind early but came from behind and took Teague out to
advance to the finals. In the finals Beverley fell behind to Knight once again and once again came from
behind at the three point line to win the competition over the Bucks guard. The Rockets looked for
another competition victory later in the night when James Harden competed in the Foot Locker Three
Point Shooting Contest. In the contest Harden knocked down 15 points in the first round and was the
first to be eliminated from the competition. The next night NBA All Star Weekend culminated with the
playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern Conference
against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the window in lieu
of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as these two teams
combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the way for the
Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award while James
Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14
points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was not enough for
Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again showed its dominance in a
163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 36-17.
2-9-15: The Houston Rockets came into the week after another strong week that left the team atop the Western
Conference with a 32-14 record. The Rockets started this week by making the trip to Boston to take on
Jared Sullinger and the Boston Celtics. During the contest Boston shot just 36% as a team which led to a
93-87 victory for the Houston Rockets. Boston’s offensive attack was led by 17 points each from
Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton while Tayshaun Prince added 13 points in the loss for the Celtics.
Meanwhile Houston was able to take down Boston on the back of Dontatas Motiejunas and his 26
points and 12 rebounds while James Harden had an off night shooting. The Rockets were back out on
the court the very next night in Detroit when the team faced off with the Detroit Pistons. During the
contest Dwight Howard missed his second game of the week and James Harden had an off night of
shooting to his standards in the 114-101 loss to the Pistons. Harden did lead all Houston scorers with 26
points while Donatas Montiejunas added 21 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Rockets.
Meanwhile DJ Augustine and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 28 points for Detroit in the victory
for the Pistons. For the Rockets next contest the team stayed at home in Houston to play host to Pau
Gasol and the rest of the Chicago Bulls. During the game the Houston defense stole the show allowing
just 63 points in the final three quarters en route to a 101-90 victory over Chicago. James Harden led the
scoring attack for the Rockets scoring 27 points and dishing four assists while Josh Smith added 13
rebounds in the victory for Houston. Meanwhile Chicago was led by 27 points from Jimmy Butler and
Noah who had 19 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Bulls. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 34-15. Get your tickets for next week as the team
plays a pair of home games against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Portland Trail Blazers before finishing their week off on the road against the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers.
1-29-15: The Houston Rockets came into the new week after another strong week that left the team with a 28-12 record, one of the best records in all of the Western Conference. The Rockets started this week by
traveling to Golden State to take on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the Golden State
Warriors. During the contest the Warriors were absolutely on fire shooting 55% as a team while the
team went on to easily dismantle a good Rockets team by the final score of 131-106. Stephen Curry and
Klay Thompson each scored 27 points for the Warriors while four others scored in double figures in the
victory. The Rockets attack was led by 23 points from Dwight Howard as Thompson gave Houston’s
leading scorer James Harden fits defensively all night long in the loss to Golden State. The Rockets
packed their bags and returned home to Houston for their next contest when the team played host to
George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Rockets used a big first half and 51% shooting
from the field as a team to take down the Pacers by the final score of 110-98. Indiana stayed close and
attempted a second half comeback behind 23 points from CJ Miles but it was not enough in the loss to
Houston. The Rockets attack was led by 45 points from James Harden and 14 points and 17 rebounds
from Dwight Howard in the big victory for Houston over Indiana. For the Rockets next contest the team
made the trip to Golden State to take on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the Golden State
Warriors. During the contest Golden State did what Golden State has been known to do all season,
simply outscore the other team by a large margin. The Warriors did just that as they went on to easily
beat Houston by the final score of 126-113 behind 27 points from Klay Thompson. James Harden led the
way for the Rockets and led all scorers in the game with 33 points but it was not nearly enough to stop
Stephen Curry and the Golden State offensive attack. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 29-14. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of road
games against the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers before finishing their week off back in Houston when the team plays host to the Dallas Mavericks.
1-12-15: The Houston Rockets came into the week with one of the best records in all of the Western Conference after posting a 22-9 record. The Rockets started this week by traveling to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on the road. During the game New Orleans used 53% shooting from the field as a team while Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 22 points in a 111-83 victory over Houston. The Rockets attack was led by 12 points from Dwight Howard and 11 points from James Harden but it wasn’t enough in a loss to New Orleans. The very next night the Rockets were back at the court in Houston as the team played host to the Miami Heat. During the game the Rockets stingy defense held Miami to just 30 points in the second half in an easy 115-79 victory over the Heat. Houston’s attack was led by 28 points while Dwight Howard added 23 points in the Rockets victory. Meanwhile Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 15 points for Miami but it was not enough in the loss for the Heat. The Rockets looked to climb a little higher in the Southwest division with a win in their next contest when the team traveled to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls. During the contest it was evident from the start that this game had all the makings of a shootout. Chicago and Houston did not disappoint as these two teams traded high scoring outburst until the fourth quarter when Houston took its foot off the accelerator. Pau Gasol kept leading the Bulls in the fourth scoring 27 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 114-105 victory over Houston. The Rockets attack was led by 21 points from Josh Smith but it was not enough in the loss to Chicago. The Rockets looked to turn their week around during their next contest when the team traveled to Cleveland to take on the re-tooled Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the new look Cavaliers went out onto the court for the first time with JR Smith and Iman Shumpert but it was Kyrie Irving that stole the show for Cleveland. Irving led all scorers with 38 points while Kevin Love grabbed 16 rebounds but it was not enough for the Cavaliers. James Harden led the Rockets attack with 21 points while Dwight Howard grabbed 19 rebounds in a 105-93 victory over Cleveland. Houston finished their week off by traveling to Madison Square Garden to take on the NBA’s worst team in the New York Knicks. During the contest the Knicks found out early in the game that they were destined to lose their 14th straight game of the season. Houston completely dominated on both ends of the floor and on the glass as the Rockets went on to easily beat the Knicks 120-96. The Rockets attack was led by 25 points and 9 assists from James Harden while Dwight Howard pulled down 10 rebounds in the win for Houston. New York’s offense was a no-show for much of the first half before picking up the tempo a bit in the second half but it was too little too late for the Knicks by then. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 25-11. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Utah Jazz before setting out on the road to face off with the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic. The Rockets will then finish their week off back at home when the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder in Houston.
1-2-15: The Houston Rockets have one of the best records in the Western Conference this season after posting a 20-7 record to start the 2014/2015 season. The Rockets started this week by traveling to Memphis to take on Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. During the contest these two teams played the game so close that it was not decided after 48 minutes and a five minute overtime period was needed. In the overtime Houston behind James Harden’s 32 points took over scoring 13 points in a 117-111 victory over the Grizzlies. Memphis was led by 29 points from Marc Gasol but it was not enough in the loss to the Rockets. Houston looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to San Antonio to take on the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest these two teams played a comparable game that came down to the turnovers from each team. Houston played less disciplined in the game and turned the ball 25 times while forcing just 19 turnovers. The Rockets also missed 13 free throw attempts while the veteran Spurs knocked down 21-24 en route to a close 110-106 victory over James Harden and Houston. The Rockets were back at it the very next night when the team stayed home in Houston to play host to the Washington Wizards from the Eastern Conference. During the contest the Washington Wizards used the free throw line to narrowly propel their team to victory over James Harden and the Rockets. Harden scored 33 points for Houston but as a team the Rockets sent Washington to the line 28 times where the Wizards knocked down 26 shot attempts. The Wizards attack was led by 33 points from Bradley Beal who knocked down all 10 of his attempts from the charity stripe in a narrow 104-103 victory over Houston. The Rockets hoped to end their week on a high note when the team stayed home in Houston to play host to the Charlotte Hornets. During the contest Charlotte managed just 38% shooting from the field as a team and a meager 17% from beyond the arc in a 102-83 loss to the Rockets. Houston’s attack was led by 36 points from James Harden while four of his teammates scored in double figures. Charlotte fought back behind 16 points from Gerald Henderson but it was not enough in the loss to Houston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-9. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to take on the New Orleans Pelicans before coming back home to play host to the Miami Heat in Houston. The Rockets will then finish their week off back out on the road taking on the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks.
12-22-14: The Houston Rockets have started the 2014/2015 campaign with one of the best records in the Western Conference posting a very impressive 17-5 record. The Rockets started this week by playing host to the Denver Nuggets at home in Houston. During the contest the Rockets held the Nuggets to a mere 38% shooting from the field while forcing 16 turnovers with a strong defense. Dwight Howard had a nice game for Houston scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds but James Harden was that much better with a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Rockets beat the Nuggets by the score of 108-96 in a full team victory for Houston. The Rockets looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when they once again faced off with the Nuggets, this time on the road in Denver. During the contest James Harden took over from the court offensively as he has grown accustomed to doing scoring 41 points for Houston while dishing 10 assists to his teammates. Meanwhile Denver was being led by Wilson Chandler’s 23 points and a 43% shooting from beyond the arc. Denver took an early lead while Houston chipped away in the second half to force an overtime period. In the overtime the Rockets took over outscoring the Nuggets 16-12 to win the game by the final score 115-111. The Rockets looked to end their week on a high note in their final game of the week when the team traveled to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest James Harden had a bit of an off night shooting for Houston knocking down just 8-23 shots and scoring just 21 points. Dwight Howard and company could not pick up Harden’s slack in a tough night shooting for the Rockets. Meanwhile New Orleans attack was led by Anthony Davis who scored 30 points to lead all scorers in the contest. After 48 minutes the Pelicans were able to beat the Rockets by the final score of 99-90. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 19-6.
12-15-14: The Houston Rockets have started the 2014/2015 season with one of the best records in all of the Western Conference posting a very impressive 14-4 record to start the campaign. The Rockets started this week by traveling to Minnesota to take on a struggling Minnesota Timberwolves team on the road. During the contest Trevor Ariza kept the Rockets close with five three point shots and James Harden put Houston on his back leading all scorers with 38 points before fouling out. Minnesota took advantage of 20 points from Shabazz Muhammad to force an overtime period. Jason Terry and the Rockets would narrowly edge the Timberwolves after the overtime period to win the game by the score of 114-112. The Rockets were back at it again the very next night this time in Houston playing host to the Phoenix Suns. During the contest Phoenix managed just 37% shooting from the field as the Rockets defense played the Suns tough all night long. Houston held Phoenix to just 18 points in the first quarter jumping out to an early 17 point lead that the team would not relinquish. Houston was led by 19 points from Trevor Ariza and although Eric Bledsoe finished with 23 points leading all scorers it was not enough as Phoenix fell to the Rockets by the score of 100-95. Houston looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled to Golden State to take on the Warriors who had won 13 games in a row coming into the game. During the contest James Harden did all he could on the court to end the Warriors winning streak leading all scorers with 34 points while Trevor Ariza added 18 points. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points while Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes each added 20 points in a victory for the Warriors. Golden State extended their winning streak by beating the Rockets by the final score of 105-93. The Rockets finished their week up trying to get back to their winning ways in Sacramento taking on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest James Harden absolutely went off for the Rockets lead all scorers with 44 points while his team finished shooting 40% from the field. Houston needed every point they could get from Harden as the team made up a late deficit to force an overtime period. Sacramento was led by 24 points from Darren Collison but it was not enough as the Rockets won the game in come from behind fashion and in overtime 113-109. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-5.
12-5-14: The Houston Rockets have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference through the first five weeks of the season as the team has posted a 12-3 record. The Rockets started this week by heading back home the night after Thanksgiving to play host to the Los Angeles Clippers at home in Houston. During the contest the Rockets lost yet another player in Isaiah Canaan who was the team’s leading scorer when a sprained left ankle injury forced him to leave in the second quarter. Houston had an eight point lead after one quarter but the Clippers quickly came back and took over the contest after the Canaan injury. The Rockets seemed demoralized as the team did not score for the first seven minutes after the injury as Houston fell to Los Angeles by the score of 102-85. The Rockets were back at it the very next night in Milwaukee taking on the Milwaukee Bucks in a road contest for Houston. During the contest the Rockets big men dominated the board collecting 12 more rebounds which led to 13 more shooting opportunities for Houston. The Rockets, namely James Harden who led all scorers in the contest with 34 points, took full advantage of the extra opportunities as the team finished with a 51% shooting percentage in the game. The Bucks had no answer for Harden or the Rockets Trevor Ariza who had 10 rebounds in a 117-103 loss to Houston. Milwaukee was led by 19 points from Jabari Parker and 18 points from Ersan Ilyasova but it was not enough in the loss to the Rockets. The Rockets finished their week off with one of the toughest opponents they have faced this season when the team traveled back home to Houston to host the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest Memphis finished with a better shooting percentage and knocked down more free throws then the Rockets which usually makes for a winning recipe. That was not the case in this contest as the Grizzlies were ice cold from beyond the arc shooting just 2-13 while Houston knocked down ten big three point shots. The Rockets also out-rebounded the Grizzlies in the contest which led to more shooting opportunities and a 105-96 victory over Memphis. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-4.
11-28-14: The Houston Rockets have one of the best records in the NBA for the 2014/2015 season as the team has impressively posted a 9-3 record to start the new campaign. The Rockets started this week by heading back home to host the Dallas Mavericks in Houston in a Western Conference home game. In the contest the red hot Dallas Mavericks were led by 17 points from Monta Ellis as Dirk Nowitzki was held to just 11 points on 4-18 shooting on the night. Houston on the other hand enjoyed a 32 point performance from James Harden and a 20 point outburst from Patrick Beverley in a 95-92 victory for the Rockets. Houston held on to win after shooting just 37% from the field by making up ground on the scoreboard knocking down 15 three pointers in the contest. Dallas shot 40% from the field but managed just 6 three point shots to go down in the loss to the Rockets. Houston looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team traveled home to host the New York Knicks. In the game the Knicks were led by just 14 points from Carmelo Anthony as the New York forward was the only player on the team to score in double digits. Houston meanwhile enjoyed a 36 point night from James Harden as the Rockets went on to beat the Knicks by the score of 91-86. Houston finished their week off by traveling back home to host the Sacramento Kings in a Western Conference showdown. During the game the Rockets offensive attack was led by 26 points from James Harden while three other Houston players picked up the slack with Dwight Howard out scoring in double figures in a Rockets 102-89 victory. The Kings DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers in the game with 29 points while collecting 17 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss to Houston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 12-3.
11-21-14: The Houston Rockets have had one of the best starts in the franchise’s history and in the NBA this
season as the team has started the 2014/2015 campaign with a very strong 7-1 record in the first two
weeks. The Rockets started this week by hosting the NBA’s only winless team in the Philadelphia 76ers
at home in Houston. In the contest Philadelphia came out looking for their first victory by scoring 28
points in the first quarter taking a nine point lead but the team gave it all back before halftime.
Philadelphia took a five point lead with them into the fourth quarter before the Rockets James Harden,
who finished with 35 points, and Dwight Howard, who finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds, came
storming back to narrowly edge the Sixers by the score of 88-87 keeping Philadelphia winless. The
Rockets looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when they traveled to Oklahoma
City to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. In what was one of the lowest scoring games in the history
of the NBA the Thunder and Rockets only combined for 134 points on the night. The Thunder were led
by 18 points each from Lance Thomas and Reggie Jackson while Jackson also added 11 rebounds on the
night. Four different Rockets players scored in double digits in the game led by 19 points from James
Harden in a 69-65 victory for Houston. The Rockets took their three game winning streak with them into
Memphis to play the Grizzlies in a game that matched two of the best teams in the league against each
other head-to-head. In the contest Memphis had seven players score in double figures including a team
leading 18 points from Mike Conley as the Grizzlies went on to blow out the Rockets by the score of 119-
93. Houston has just three players that scored in double figures in the contest including Trevor Ariza,
Dwight Howard, and Patrick Beverely. James Harden, Houston’s best player, was held to just six points
on 1-8 shooting on the night in the loss for the Rockets. Houston finished their week off by traveling
back home to host the Los Angeles Lakers in a Western Conference showdown for both teams. In the
contest the Rockets were led by none other than James Harden as the Houston guard scored 24 points.
The Rockets did not take nearly the amount of shots in the contest as the Lakers did as Houston
attempted just 74 shot attempts for a 41% make percentage. Los Angeles also had a 41% make
percentage shooting on the night but attempted 91 shot attempts in a 98-92 victory for the Lakers. Kobe
Bryant led the team with 29 points while Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill each added a double-double in
the Lakers victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-3.
11-14-14: The Houston Rockets start to the 2014/2015 campaign could not have been scripted any better as the team started their season with a perfect 6-0 record. The Rockets started this week by hosting a fellow undefeated team at home in the Golden State Warriors. In the battle of the unbeaten Stephen Curry brought his A game as the guard led all scorers with 34 points in the contest while Andre Iguodala added 15 points in a 98-87 victory for the Warriors. Houston was led by 22 points from James Harden and 21 points from Isaiah Canaan but it wasn’t enough in Houston’s first loss of the season. Houston had a short week and finished said week on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves. James Harden led the way for the NBA’s best team in this contest with 23 points while Dwight Howard chipped in 22 points in an easy victory for the Rockets by the score of 113-101. The Timberwolves were led by 18 points from Corey Brewer and 15 points from Andrew Wiggins in the loss for Minnesota. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-1.
11-7-14: The Houston Rockets started their 2014/2015 season off last week by traveling to the Los Angeles Lakers
at Staples Center in a game where LA lost their draft lottery pick Julius Randle and the game to give the
Rockets their first win. The next night the Rockets traveled to Utah to play the Jazz on the road in a
game that also went Houston’s way for their second consecutive win. With the 2014/2015 season
entering its first full week the Rockets hosted the Boston Celtics in the home opener for Houston. In the
contest the Rockets James Harden and Terrence Jones were too much for Boston while Rajon Rondo
was held to just 4 points as the Celtics dropped the game by the score of 104-90 pushing the Rockets
record to a perfect 3-0. Houston then traveled to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers in a matchup
between an undefeated Houston team and a winless Sixers team. Philadelphia would not get their first
win of the season in the contest as James Harden proved to be too much to handle as the guard scored
35 points while no Sixer scored more than Tony Wroten’s 20 points in a 104-93 victory for the Rockets.
Houston then took their perfect record and their talents to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat on
the road. In the game Chris Bosh, Shawne Williams, and Dwayne Wade executed their plans offensively
for Miami but the team had no answer for Houston’s offensive attack. Dwight Howard and James
Harden combined for 51 points for Houston as the Rockets pushed their perfect record to 5-0 with a
108-91 victory over the Heat. Houston finished their week off by hosting the San Antonio Spurs at home.
In the contest San Antonio had no answer for Houston’s Dwight Howard as he scored 32 points and
added 16 rebounds in a game where all 15 Houston Rockets got into the contest. Meanwhile San
Antonio was led by Cory Joseph’s 18 points in a game that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli did not play.
Houston went on to the win the game by the score of 98-81. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 6-0.
10-31-14: The Houston Rockets tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Los Angeles Lakers at home as the team looked to start the season off with a victory. Houston had a strong preseason posting a 6-2 record despite concerns that the team does not have enough depth at the guard position. Houston lost Jeremy Lin and others to free agency this summer. The Rockets tried many players in camp to replace Lin and others and were actually the busiest team on the final day of the preseason as they waived five players to trim their roster down to the league maximum 15 players. The Rockets hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at home to start the season and in the contest James Harden led the way in scoring with 32 points for Houston as the Rockets took down the Lakers 108-90 to start the season 1-0. Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones, and Dwight Howard also chipped in with double digit scoring games in the victory for the Rockets. Houston then traveled to Utah to take on the Jazz in their second game of the week and went on to their second straight victory behind the Ariza and Howard duo leading the way offensively. Houston improved their record to 2-0 with the 104-93 victory over the Jazz.
10-29-14: With superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard back in tow, the Rockets will hope to waltz right back into the playoffs after a 54-win season last year. The season average for Rockets tickets is $228.77. This marks a 92.4% price increase from last season, when the Rockets had a $118.87 average at the Toyota Center. With the loss of Chandler Parsons and the trade of Jeremy Lin to the Lakers, the Rockets will have to find contributions from all around the roster to try to catch the Spurs in the Southwest division.
10-24-14: The Houston Rockets won 54 games last season under superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard, but also found support from Trevor Ariza and point guard Patrick Beverley. They would ultimately fall to the Trail Blazers in the First Round of the playoffs, but have started out strong in the preseason this year. They own a 5-2 record through seven postseason games.
10-15-14: The Houston Rockets got off to a strong start to their preseason schedule with three straight wins over Dallas, Memphis, and Phoenix respectively but are coming off a 117-98 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct 14. Next up on the Houston Rockets preseason schedule is a matchup with the Golden State Warriors this Sunday at the State Farm Arena, followed by three remaining preseason games with Miami, Orlando, and San Antonio before the Rockets kick off their regular season on Oct 28 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
10-8-14: The Houston Rockets started their preseason with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, as Houston will get set to face the Memphis Grizzlies this Thursday at the Toyota Center. Houston will then host the Phoenix Suns on October 9, followed by remaining preseason meetings with teams such as the Pelicans, Warriors, Heat, Magic, and Spurs to finish out their preseason schedule. Houston has been knocking on the door the past couple seasons as a potential threat to the elite teams in the West and certainly have the firepower on offense to make run.
9-22-14: Daryl Morey made many bold moves this offseason. Where in this previous two seasons he was able to land James Harden and Dwight Howard, this time his plan backfired when he traded away Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to sign Chris Bosh which ended in Bosh resigning in Miami. The Rockets were able to sign Trevor Ariza and they recently acquired veteran Jason Terry from the Kings. Morey hopes that teaming Harden and Howard with veterans and young athletic players will be enough to contend and the won’t need that third piece.
8-13-14: The Houston Rockets were definitely looking this offseason to pick up another big name player to add to James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets parted with Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, and Omir Cassipi via trade this offseason to free up cap space but were unable to persuade Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh to sign with them. However, they did acquire Trevor Ariza, Jeff Adrien, Joey Dorsey and Ish Smith to help fill loss of Chandler Parsons as well as a solid NBA draft, but the Rockets remain relevant but to see them as a threat to win the West is another story.
Houston Rockets 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 25, Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland
Round 2, Pick 42, Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona
5-12-14: The Rockets had a chance to force a home Game 7 in their first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers. Chandler Parsons made a layup with nine-tenths of a second remaining to take the lead in Game 6 at Portland. However, Damian Lillard made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to knock Houston out of the playoffs. Dwight Howard had a very strong series against the Blazers as he led the team in rebounds, blocks and free-throw attempts. However, James Harden’s defense hurt the Rockets as they fell in six games to the Blazers. The Houston front office now looks to 2014-15 and tries to ready the roster for a long playoff run.
5-5-14: The Rockets looked a lot better this past week. They forced the Portland Trail Blazers to overtime twice in the three contests and went 2-1 overall. Omer Asik started in place of Terrence Jones in Game 3 in Portland, and he helped with the team’s rebounding. James Harden did not shoot efficiently, but he scored a game-high 37 points and Dwight Howard registered a double-double in Houston’s 121-116 overtime win. Then on Sunday, the teams played overtime again, but the Rockets could not make it two straight wins. However, the Rockets returned to Houston and won by 10 points in Game 5.
4-28-14: Game 1 ended with James Harden missing a difficult jump shot at the overtime buzzer. The shot would have sent the game into another overtime. Harden scored 27 points that evening, but that miss was his 20th of the night. Dwight Howard struggled from the free-throw line in Game 1, which allowed the Portland Trail Blazers to come back in the game. However, he scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Game 1 and continued his strong play into Game 2. He totaled 25 points in the first half, but LaMarcus Aldridge was too much for the Rockets to handle as Houston dropped Game 2.
4-21-14: Although the Rockets had a .500 record in April, James Harden and Omer Asik both played very well. Harden’s 28 points per game in the month were the third-best in the NBA as he finished with a top-five scoring average during the 2013-14 season. Asik led the Western Conference in rebounding in April, and he was the game-high rebounder in five of the Rockets’ games that month. Asik played very well in the absence of Dwight Howard, who missed seven games in April due to an ankle injury. It appears that Howard is healthy for the playoffs, so Asik returns to a bench role.
4-16-14: Houston Rockets playoff tickets average $223 on the secondary market, which is 2nd in the western conference, and 5th overall. The regular season average was $118, meaning there is an 88% premium for the playoffs. The Rockets are locked in to the 4th seed and will face the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Rockets had a very difficult week as they faced three different playoff teams. Unfortunately, they were winless this past week. On Friday, the team announced that Patrick Beverley was out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he did not require surgery. Therefore, it could be just a couple weeks before he returns. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Dwight Howard-less Rockets, 118-107. It is now Omer Asik’s time to shine, and he snagged a career-high 23 rebounds in Tuesday’s loss at Brooklyn. He then led all rebounders on Wednesday at Toronto, but that performance was in a loss as well.
4-1-14: The Rockets continue to play great, as they won all three of their games this past week to move their winning streak to five contests. This past week’s opponents were all from the Eastern Conference. On Saturday, James Harden scored a game-high 37 points as the Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-111. Harden kept his hot streak going as he led all scorers in Monday’s contest at Time Warner Cable Arena, and the Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats by 11 points that evening. On Thursday, Harden triple-doubled the Rockets to a blowout victory of the Philadelphia 76ers.
3-24-14: On Sunday, the Rockets could not hold on to their lead at Miami. Houston let the Heat outscore them by 11 points in the final quarter to give the Rockets their third consecutive loss. The news got worse after the game. Dwight Howard did not play on the second night of the back-to-back set. He still has not returned to play after getting a portion of a cyst removed from his left ankle. However, the Rockets have played well without him. Terrence Jones’ game-high 30 points on Monday led Houston to a 124-86 victory over the Utah Jazz. Then on Thursday, the Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves by 23 points.
3-17-14: The Rockets will most likely not have a more difficult week the rest of this regular season. On Friday, the Rockets took on the Indiana Pacers, the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Rockets kept up their strong play to push their winning streak to four games as they blew out the Pacers, 112-86. Then, James Harden put up a game-high 41 points in Houston’s 118-113 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On Monday, the NBA announced that Harden was the Western Conference Player of the Week. Unfortunately, the hard schedule got to the Rockets as they lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday and to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.
3-10-14: The Rockets are looking to fight their way to the top of the Western Conference after another strong week. On Saturday, Terrence Jones’ 22 points and 10 rebounds led Houston to the 118-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Then on Monday, the NBA named James Harden the Western Conference Player of the Week. Patrick Beverley made five 3-pointers on Tuesday against the Miami Heat in the Rockets’ 106-103 win. Houston made it three straight victories on Wednesday when Dwight Howard received a video tribute from the Orlando Magic. Howard was booed and Patrick Beverley broke his nose that evening, but the Rockets beat the Magic, 101-89.
3-3-14: The Rockets finished their five-game road trip this past weekend. They won two of their final three games to go 3-2 away from home since the All-Star break. On Sunday in Phoenix, the Rockets got an important Patrick Beverley 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to help get the 115-112 victory over the Suns. Then on Tuesday, James Harden had a fantastic performance to bring the Rockets another victory. He finished with a season-high 43 points as the Rockets beat the Kings, 129-103. Although Houston fell to the Clippers at the Staples Center on Wednesday, the Rockets have still been one of the league’s best teams in 2014.
2-24-14: On Friday, Terrence Jones shot very well and scored 14 points in the Rising Stars Challenge. Then on Sunday, James Harden started in place of Kobe Bryant for the Western Conference All-Star team and Dwight Howard came off the bench. Afterwards, the Rockets began a five-game road trip to the West Coast. The first stop was Dwight Howard’s return to the Staples Center. Howard’s 20 points and game-high 13 rebounds helped Houston get its eighth win in a row. Before the game on Thursday, the Rockets sent Aaron Brooks to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Jordan Hamilton. That evening at Oracle Arena, James Harden had a huge second half, but it was not enough as the Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors in overtime, 102-99.
2-18-14: The Rockets are moving up those Western Conference standings, as they own the league’s longest current winning streak. With victories over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards, Houston made it seven consecutive wins, the team’s longest streak since 2012. Not only are the Rockets the hottest team in the league, but they also got back one of the best backup big men in the NBA. Omer Asik returned to the court in the Rockets’ win over the Bucks on Saturday. Then, after beating the Wolves by 18 points on Monday, the Rockets were led by James Harden on Wednesday against the Wizards. His game-high 35 points, including a game-winning lay-up with 0.7 seconds remaining, brought the Rockets the victory.
2-10-14: The Rockets had a very light week, and they took advantage of it. They played just two games, both of which were at home, and won them each by 14 points. On Saturday, Jeremy Lin triple-doubled Houston to victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was surprisingly his first triple-double of his career and the first one for a Rocket in 364 days. James Harden, the last Houston player with a triple-double, chipped with a game-high 28 points in his return. Then on Wednesday, Dwight Howard scored a game-high 34 points on very efficient shooting in the Rockets’ win over the Phoenix Suns.
2-4-14: Friday night was Chandler Parsons’ night to shine, but unfortunately, his teammates did not do the same. After setting the NBA record with 10 made 3-pointers in the first half, Parsons scored a game-high 34 points, but the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Rockets, 88-87. Then on the next night, the Grizzlies completed the sweep of the home-and-home set with an 18-point victory. However, the Rockets surprisingly bounced back without James Harden, who sat out the next two games with a thumb injury. The Rockets returned home to beat the San Antonio Spurs and then defeated the Mavericks in Dallas.
1-27-14: The Rockets continued their longest homestand of the New Year, and they enjoyed a lot of success this past week. They faced the Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings and defeated them by a combined 44 points. After Terrence Jones’ career-high 36 points helped the Rockets take down the Bucks on Saturday, Houston got its starting point guard back for Monday’s contest. Patrick Beverley returned from a 14-game absence to play against the Blazers on Monday. Each player who played double-digit minutes scored at least eight points that night for the Rockets en route to their 126-113 victory over Portland. Then on Wednesday, Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons and Omri Casspi all had double-doubles in the Rockets’ drubbing of the Sacramento Kings.