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Luc Mbah a Moute is BACK

Luc Mbah a Moute is BACK

After his shoulder injury and a few weeks of unavailability, Luc Mbah Moute made his comeback at the meeting of the night, opposing the Rockets on the floor of his previous team of Clippers.
The Californians emerged as 113-102 winners after taking the lead just before half-time. Luc Mbah a Moute scored 5 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 minutes, Eric Gordon and Chris Paul finished with 19 points each.

The Rockets start well and lead 23-15 but the Clippers glue and are at 1 point 30-31 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Houston puts it back and takes a 10-point lead 44-34 but on a 12-2, Los Angeles equalizes 46-46. Williams at 3 points offers the period at Prems 29-25 and the advantage at break 59-56.

The Clippers take a 12-point lead in the 81-69 pick, and pocket the third quarter 33-28 to lead 92-84 at the start of the last. A sufficient lead to control the end of the game, marked several consecutive tense moments concerning Griffin, Mike D’Antoni, Trevor Ariza and Chris Paul. The Rockets fail to come back to less than 9 points and leave the 113-102 win at the Clippers.

The Rockets remain 2nd in the West with 30 wins and 12 losses.

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Easy win at Phoenix 112-95

Easy win at Phoenix 112-95

The Rockets have mastered the Suns by taking the advantage at the end of the first quarter time to dig until the end of the game. Chris Paul has 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and Clint Capela 17 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists.

Phoenix starts the game well and leads 21-10, but Houston wakes up and goes on a 17-2 which gives them the first quarter 27-23. The rest of the match is one-sided for the Rockets, who have up to 18 points in the second quarter 47-29 time and pocket 30-21. At the break, the hole is made 57-44.

The Rockets take a little more lead in the 3rd quarter (33-24) and have 22 points in advance 90-68 at the start of the last. Anderson at 3 points gives at the beginning of the period 27 points lead to the Rockets, which unfold the end of the match.

Victory against the Blazers 121-112

Victory against the Blazers 121-112

In the absence of James Harden, Chris Paul did the job with 37 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists (record in season). The Rockets got ahead at the end of the first quarter and were never joined again until the end of the match.

The start of the match is balanced, the two teams are tied 19-19. The Rockets finish the first period on a 6-0 and lead 25-19 at the start of the second.

Houston has up to 14 points 51-37 ahead, pocketing the second quarter 30-26 and leading at halftime 55-45.The second period is one-way, although Portland returns to 3 points 105-102 at 3 ‘of the term. But Chris Paul and Clint Capela allow the Rockets to keep their lead up to the buzzer.

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Victory in Chicago 116-107

Victory in Chicago 116-107

Still deprived of James Harden, the Rockets won on the floor of the Bulls. Despite a return of the premises in the 3rd quarter time, the Rockets have mastered the game overall. Chris Paul has 24 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, Eric Gordon 24 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, Gerald Green 22 points, 3 rebounds.

Houston starts strong and goes all 3 points, leads 30-13 and pockets the first quarter 35-22. In the next period, the Bulls narrow their gap to a 33-25 and return to 4 Rockets before the break, which lead 60-55.

At the restart, the Bulls take the advantage 66-63. The Rockets react with an 8-0 at the end of the period, which gives them the 3rd quarter 27-21 and 11 points lead 87-76 at the start of the last. The last 12 minutes are completely under control by the Rockets (29-31), who are back to winning 116-107 after 2 losses.

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Rockets lose against the Warriors.

Rockets lose against the Warriors.

In this duel of the first two of the Western Conference, the Rockets lost to the Warriors in the last quarter, after a balanced match, despite a dominance in visitor statistics (45 rebounds at 38, 35 assists at 20, 55.2% at 2 points against 47.2%). Eric Gordon has 30 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists, Chris Paul 28 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, Gerald Green 29 points, 3 rebounds. In front, Stephen Curry finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, Klay Thompson 28 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and Draymond Green 17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists.

Houston takes the first quarter time 37-33 at the end of the period, thanks to the 3 points of Green and Gordon. Golden State starts on a 7-2 in the second quarter and returns to 39-40, then both teams cling to halftime. The Warriors pocket it 29-26 but the Rockets stay ahead 63-62.

The third quarter is just as tight, the Warriors are ahead of 74-79 and then the Rockets pass in front of 85-79. The two teams are tied 90-90 but Young and Curry chained the 3 points, giving them the period 31-27 and 3 points ahead at the start of the last 90-93. The Warriors quickly take a 10-point lead 91-101 and control the Rockets who fail to come back. Golden State takes the last quarter 31-24 and the match 124-114.

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Winning against the Lakers

Winning against the Lakers

During a crazy game and after 2 extra time, the Rockets have returned to victory against the Lakers after a bad series of 5 consecutive defeats. The return of Chris Paul has done a lot of good (28 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists), while James Harden who already had 40 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists came out injured in the 4th quarter (ischio). Trevor Ariza adds 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.

The match starts on a big rhythm, the two teams stand but Houston ends well the first quarter and passes 44-37. Los Angeles quickly tie in the second 51-51 and won this quarter 35-21. At the break, the Lakers are in front 72-65.

The Rockets are struggling in the 3rd quarter, and have up to 17 points behind 71-88. They reduce the gap a little, but the Lakers pocket this 3rd period 29-25 and lead 101-90 at the start of the last quarter. Houston does not give up in the last 12 minutes and manages to narrow his gap. Gerald Green tie 122-122 on a 3-point 17.4 seconds buzzer, allowing the Rockets to hang overtime. Five crazy minutes during which take turns the head of the meeting. Chris Paul gives the 133-131 lead at 4 seconds, but Tucker fouls Ingram at 0.8 seconds, which turns his two free throws and tie 133-133. It was in the last minute of the 2nd extra time that the Rockets managed to win their opponent. Kyle Kuzma gets countered twice, Chris Paul tie 142-142 on free throws, then PJ Tucker scores on an offensive rebound. Chris Paul completed the game on 4 free throws. The Rockets finish well the year on this final victory 148-142!

The Rockets are not completely cured, and will have to stand still some time, the absences of Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) and James Harden.

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Rockets defeats in OKC

Rockets defeats in OKC

Bad series for the Rockets, who bow for the 3rd time in a row. Still without Luc Mbah a Moute and Chris Paul injured, Houston lost in the end.

Both teams played side by side throughout the game, with very little difference in score. OKC starts on a 7-0, then the Rockets equal 22-22 and pocket the first quarter 31-28. The Rockets take a 7-point lead in the second 50-43, but the Thunder takes the lead just before break 58-57.

OKC starts the third quarter on a 11-2 lead 67-59, but Houston is late and back to the score. The Rockets pocket the 31-30 period and are tied with local 88-88. The Thunder finally won in the last quarter (24-19) despite a tight match to the end. Russell Westbrook finished with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, James Harden 29 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists.

Rockets loses against the Clippers.

Rockets loses against the Clippers.

After their loss to the Lakers 116-122, which ended 14 consecutive wins, the Rockets fell a second time against the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers. Deprived of Luc Mbah a Moute, Chris Paul and Clint Capela, all 3 injured, the Rockets lost the game in the last quarter, despite a new big performance by James Harden (51 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists).

The Rockets start strong as usual, lead 21-9 and take the first quarter 33-23. Houston confirms in the second 32-29 and leads at halftime 65-52.

The second period switches to the advantage of visitors, who equal 74-74 on a 22-9. Williams chained 3 times 3 consecutive points in the end of the 3rd quarter, won by the Clippers 35-20 and leading 85-87 at the start of the last. Los Angeles keeps its lead throughout the period and finishes the work on an 11-5. The Rockets are 10 points behind 118-128.

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Rockets win against Utah Jazz!!

Rockets win against Utah Jazz!!

Utah hooked Houston much of the game, before giving in the final quarter with a huge Eric Gordon who scored 17 of his 33 points of the game (record in season). James Harden has 26 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, Clint Capela 24 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists.

The first two quarters are balanced. In front of 17-10 on a 3 points of Chris Paul, the Rockets let slip the first quarter in favor of Jazz 25-26. Utah’s lead is 39-31 in the second, but the Rockets return ahead just before break 51-50.

The two teams stand in 3 points in the 3rd quarter, but Utah takes a 5-point lead in the last minute, and takes the 34-28 innings to lead 79-84 at the start of the last quarter. A crazy time during which the Rockets jostle visitors and put on 3 points. The Rockets win the fourth quarter 41-15, win 120-99 and win a 20th victory in 21 games!

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Luc Mbah a Moute Holiday Party

Luc Mbah a Moute Holiday Party

Luc Mbah a Moute and Amanda Edwards, Houston Council Member, organized a magnificent evening for this Christmas, to offer presents and be of use meals to families affected by the hurricane Harvey.

Here are some photos and video of the evening!

Another win against the Hornets but Luc Mbah a Moute is injured.

Another win against the Hornets but Luc Mbah a Moute is injured.

Luc Mbah a Moute came out of the match against Charlotte just before half-time, after a bad reception following a dunk. Falling to the ground, his shoulder dislocated. While waiting to know the duration of his unavailability, the Rockets chained an 11th victory in a row, with a record in season for Chris Paul who achieves 31 points at 10/18, 7 rebounds and 11 assists.

Despite a good presence in the rebounds (56 to 45), the Hornets were quickly distanced and never returned. With a 25-0 slipped between the end of the first quarter (38-23) and the start of the second (25-26), the Rockets quickly took cover and lead 63-49 to the break.

Houston pocketed the 3rd quarter 28-20 and is 22 points clear at the start of the last 91-69. The Rockets control the end of the game and Charlotte took the opportunity to reduce the gap a bit in the 4th (17-27). Final victory without shaking for the Rockets 108-96, still leading the Western Conference (22 wins, 4 losses).

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Superb Win against the New Orleans

Superb Win against the New Orleans

Even in difficulty, the Rockets are still doing well and thus ensuing a 10th consecutive victory. The Pelicans were almost successful, leaving the Rockets in the 3rd quarter with flattering statistics: 57.6% success, 54.5% at 3 points, 41 rebounds at 36. E’Twaun Moore puts 36 points , 3 rebounds and 3 assists, Jrue Holiday 37 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Clint Capela is not left with a career record (28 points at 13/14, 8 rebounds and 5 against). Chris Paul adds his 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

The game started on a very fast pace with attack Pelicans, who take 11 points lead 38-27. Eric Gordon (27 points, 2 rebounds, 1 pass) goes 8 points to pick up at 41-35 at the end of the first quarter. The two teams stand in a handful of points in the second and the intensity does not fall. Houston pocketed the 43-35 quarter and led by 2 points at the 78-76 break.

New Orleans took 13 points in the third quarter 101-88, the time for Chris Paul to score 8 points including 2 times 3 points in a row that limit the breakage. The Pelicans are in front 103-96 thanks to this period carried away 27-18. Clint Capela equalizes 112-112 in the last quarter, Rondo to 3 points gives 2 points ahead to visitors 119-117, then James Harden takes things in hand in the last 3 minutes, with 12 points in a row! The Rockets fate on a 34-20 and a final victory 130-123!

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Victory against the Utah Jazz

Victory against the Utah Jazz

The Rockets did not shiver at the 8th West Conference, dominating all the compartments of the game: 46.9% success against 44.2%, 42.9% to 3 points against 36.7%, 46 rebounds 32. James Harden has 29 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, Ryan Anderson 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, Chris Paul 18 points, 9 rebounds, 13 assists, Luc Mbah has 8 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assists. 22’45.

The first quarter is to the advantage of the Rockets, who lead quickly 15-10. The Jazz even 15-15 but Houston goes on a 10-5 which offers him the period 25-20. Utah clings in the second quarter (36-36), and both teams are tied 26-26. Which does not stop Houston from leading to the break of 5 points 51-46.

At the return of the locker room, the match totally switches to the advantage of Luc and his team. They achieve a 23-7 in 5 minutes and take a 21-point lead 74-53. The Utah Jazz are knockout after a 37-20 in the 3rd quarter, and will not be able to recover. The Rockets lead 88-66 to the start of the last, which they control easily by letting some points slip to the premises (35-24).

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