The Rockets impressed once more outside (7 wins / 1 loss) by outperforming the Pacers. Houston dominated all areas of play (47.8% to 2 points against 44.6% for Indiana, 47 rebounds to 41, 24 assists to 18). Three players finish at 20 points or more: Clint Capela 20 points, 17 rebounds and 1 pass, Eric Gordon 21 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists and James Harden with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute made 11 extra points with 1 rebound and 2 assists in 25’08.
As the day before, Houston starts very strong on a 24-9 in 5 minutes, punctuated by twice 3 points of Ariza and a 3 points of Gordon. The 3 points rain and Luc Mbah has Moute place his, which offers the first quarter-time Rockets 35-18. The Pacers return to 10 points early in the second quarter 29-39, take the period 33-28 but Houston remains firmly in the lead at halftime 51-63.
The games are similar and similar since the Rockets will fold the game in the 3rd quarter, starting the second period on a 16-6 which gives them a 19-point lead 76-57. They pocket this quarter-time 24-20 and fly in the last 31-24 for a final victory 118-95!
The Rockets are 1st in the West with 11 wins and 3 losses.
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