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Rockets bow down to the 76ers at home

Rockets bow down to the 76ers at home

After falling 103-89 in the Grizzlies, the Rockets chained for the first time this season a second consecutive loss against 76ers 107-115. Defeated at the 105-104 buzzer 10 days ago, the 76ers took their revenge thanks to Joel Embiid’s big game (22 points 9 rebounds, 5 assists) and Ben Simmons (24 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists). James Harden has 29 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, Eric Gordon 25 points and 2 assists, Clint Capela 12 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists, Luc Mbah has Moute 11 points and 2 rebounds.

Dominating the entire game (55% in shots against 39.8%, 48 rebounds at 35 and 27 assists at 17), Philadelphia quickly broke away to take the first quarter 37-27. In the second, Houston narrowed the gap before the break on a 16-8. The Rockets take the second quarter 29-21 and return to 2 points of the 76ers leading 58-56.

 

 

The third quarter benefits 76ers (34-24) who take 12 points ahead of the start of the last. In spite of their clumsiness to 3 points (13/47), the Rockets return to 1 point 105-106 on 2 free throws of James Harden to 3’06 of the end. The money time is better managed by the 76ers who finish on a 9-2 and win the 115-107 victory.

 

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Houston Wins against Charlotte 109-93

Houston Wins against Charlotte 109-93

The Rockets were brilliant on the floor of the Hornets, dominating the entire game, with 44.7% shooting success against 37.5% for the locals, 51 rebounds at 44, 21 assists at 16. Luc Mbah a Moute has an excellent performance with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 23 of assessment in 41’46 « , James Harden finishes with his first triple double of the season 27 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, Eric Gordon 26 points , 2 rebounds and 2 assists.

 

The start is favorable to the Hornets which are in front of 19-11 then 30-27 at the end of the first quarter-time, but the Rockets will quickly pass in the second with a 23-7, to lead of 13 points 50-37 on a 3 point James Harden. The Rockets pocket the 2nd quarter 29-16 and take a 10-point lead at break 56-46.

Charlotte clings in the 3rd quarter (28-23) and returns to 4 points of Houston 78-74 at the start of the last. A period during which the Rockets provide (31-19), with Luc Mbah has Moute to the maneuver in the money-time which connects a 3 points followed by a dunk. Houston wins 109-93 before his next game tonight in Memphis.

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Eric Gordon gives the victory to Rockets at the buzzer

Eric Gordon gives the victory to Rockets at the buzzer

The Rockets delivered a great battle for the 76ers, winning 104-105 at the buzzer on a 3-point Eric Gordon (29 points to 7/20 including three 3-point in the last quarter, 4 rebounds and 5 assists ). The two teams each had their strong moments, passing one in front of the other several times. Luc Mbah has Moute (in the starting 5) book as the set of Rockets a great copy with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks in 36 ‘. James Harden adds 27 points, 13 assists and 3 rebounds. Clint Capela was intractable under the basket with 20 rebounds and 16 points. Opposite, JJ Redick finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, Robert Covington 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 pass, Joel Embiid 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.

 

The match starts at a good pace, the 76ers dominate and lead 18-11 and 25-17, but the Rockets return to 33-31 the end of the first quarter on a 3-point Ryan Anderson. Philadelphia starts the second quarter on two 3 points of Justin Anderson who quickly gives 8 points to 76ers 39-31. But again, the Rockets glue and pass even before the end of the period just before break 56-54. Led 50-44 at 3’35, Houston chained a 12-4 which gives him the second quarter 25-21.

Philadelphia picks up 69-63 in the 3rd quarter, and pocketed this period 26-23 to lead 80-79 to the start of the last 12 minutes. A finish that has kept all its promises. Embiid on a 3-point offer 9 points lead 88-79, but the Rockets cling and give everything in the money time. At 7 points (104-97) at 1’39, Eric Gordon offers the buzzer victory of a fake shot on Joel Embiid followed by a 3 points! The Rockets let their joy burst out and enjoy this 104-105 victory!

 

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The Rockets lost against the Grizzlies

The Rockets lost against the Grizzlies

Houston was surprised by Memphis who took the lead late in the game. Eric Gordon has 27 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, James Harden 22 points (8/20), 5 rebounds, 8 assists, Clint Capela 14 points and 6 rebounds, Luc Mbah has Moute 8 points and 2 rebounds. In front, Marc Gasol responded with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.

On a 3-point Gordon, the Rockets take 6 points in the first quarter 16-10, but the Grizzlies glue 20-20. The Rockets remain ahead 26-24 at the start of the second quarter, which they dominate with 11 points 41-30. Gasol returns to 45-42, but the Rockets pocket the period 31-26 and lead 57-50 to the break.

 

The Rockets keep their opponent at bay in the 3rd quarter (19-20) and are ahead 76-70 in the last. A period that turns totally to the advantage of the Grizzlies who will tilt the game in the last 3 minutes. James Harden rubs James Ennis then Mario Chalmers, in a nervous money time. Conley (17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists) equalizes 88-88 with a 3-point, then the Grizzlies finish on a 10-2 to win this quarter-time 28-14 and match 98-90.

Houston drops his first game of the season (3 wins, 1 loss) before playing Wednesday in Philadelphia.

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Houston Wins against Dallas 107-91

Houston Wins against Dallas 107-91

The Rockets outperformed themselves against the Mavericks by winning 107-91, with a 36-point lead in the 3rd quarter, with 47.6% shooting success versus 36.9% for Dallas. James Harden feasted with 29 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 31 of Eval, Clint Capela finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, Eric Gordon 18 points, Luc Mbah has Moute 6 points, 5 rebounds and 1 goes in 26’20.

The Rockets took control from the start of the game by pocketing the first quarter 33-20. The derby runs out and Houston takes 10 more points in the second 29-19. At the break, the Rockets already have 23 points 62-39 ahead.

The demonstration continues in the 3rd and the Rockets aggravate the score 30-19. At the start of the last period, Houston leads 92-58 and quietly finished the job leaving some points to the rival Texas (15-33).

Houston will receive Memphis Monday, October 23 to confirm their good start to the season with 3 wins in a row.

Interview: Luc Mbah a Moute of the Houston Rockets

Interview: Luc Mbah a Moute of the Houston Rockets

Yesterday, we got the opportunity to interview Rockets’ forward Luc Mbah a Moute.

One of the best signings of the offseason for Houston was veteran forward Luc Mbah a Moute. His versatility on both offense and defense has been key in the 2-0 start of the Rockets. Check out what he had to say in an interview we had with him yesterday:

Space City Scoop: I know you haven’t been here very long, but how are you enjoying Houston so far?

Mbah a Moute: I love it, man. It’s a pretty cool city. Obviously, I came at a rough time with Hurricane Harvey but it’s been great to see how they got together and overcame it. J.J. Watt, some of the guys on my team, and a lot of people around the city have done a great time helping during Harvey. Hopefully, it is stronger than ever. The Astros are playing great so that’s exciting as well. It’s been fun.

Space City Scoop: The Rockets have been pretty impressive in their first two wins, including one vs. the Warriors the other night. How good do you think this team can be?

Mbah a Moute: I like our team, I think we have really good players. I think on both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively, we are pretty good. We have guys that can switch when guarding and that are versatile. Very few teams in the league have that luxury. Same thing offensively, we have guys that can play multiple positions, so that makes it fun. We have a lot of stuff to work on, some of us are still new to the team, but it’s been great. Coach Mike is awesome, a very smart and good guy.

Space City Scoop: On the topic of defense, you are one of the most underrated defenders in the league, in our opinion. How much pride do you take in your defensive ability?

Mbah a Moute: Thank you, I appreciate it. I take a lot of pride. People who play with me and against me know how much I care about it. I will always think of myself as one of the best in the league when it comes to that end. I think to me, going out there every night and taking on the challenge of guarding point guards to centers, I enjoy that. Hopefully, I can do the same thing here and help the team in that regard.

Space City Scoop: After moving to a new team here in Houston, how nice is it to have that familiar face in Chris Paul?

Mbah a Moute: It’s been great. Chris was also a major factor in me coming down here after he got traded here earlier. It’s good to have somebody that you’ve meshed with before and who knows you. So it’s been great having him.

Space City Scoop: How has it been adjusting to the offensive system of Coach D’Antoni?

Mbah a Moute: Oh, it’s been awesome. It’s probably one of the best offenses I’ve been around, if not the best. I think he makes a lot of guys better.

Space City Scoop: I saw on Twitter that you had some pretty great dance moves before last game. How fun is that Rockets’ locker room?

Mbah a Moute: *laughs* Yeah, that started awhile back, I started dancing before games. It gets me going, it gets me excited, especially to African music, trying to go back to my roots. It’s fun. The guys are kind of picking on me now, so they want to see more and more.

 

Thanks again to Luc Mbah a Moute for interviewing with us! He is a super cool guy and he is in for a great season!

by Michael Knight

Source : https://spacecityscoop.com/2017/10/21/interview-luc-mbah-a-moute-rockets/

Luc Mbah a Moute lights up NBA opening night

Luc Mbah a Moute lights up NBA opening night

Luc Mbah a Moute was the standout African performer as the 2017/18 NBA season tipped off on Tuesday night. The Cameroonian forward came off the bench for Houston and was massive for the Rockets as they handed the champion Golden State Warriors a 122-121 defeat at Oracle Arena.

Mbah a Moute scored 14 points off 6-of-9 shooting, sinking two of three 3-point shots on debut for the Rockets. He also hauled down four rebounds. The 14 points were the most the Cameroonian has scored since he poured in 15 points for the LA Clippers in Game 3 of the playoffs series against the Utah Jazz last season. It is also a huge total for Mbah a Moute, who is averaging 6.3 points per game in a nine-year NBA career.

Clint Capela also had a big night, as he contributed 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, with none of the points coming from the free-throw line. He also added four rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist, and turned the ball over only twice. Despite playing defense, Capela did not have any fouls called on him.

The biggest difference between the performances of the two Rockets men, however, was highlighted in their plus-minus ratings. Only one starter (Ryan Anderson, rated +8) was higher than Mbah a Moute’s +4 rating. Capela, who was in the starting lineup, had a -23 rating—the worst on the team.

The only other African player on duty on opening night was Boston Celtics forward Nigerian-American Semi Ojeleye. Ojeleye also came off the bench for the Celtics in their 102-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rookie forward came on with 2:38 left in the first quarter as a replacement for Jayson Tatum, and was on the floor for nine minutes. He scored no points, putting up 0-2 from field-goal range, no rebounds, and had a personal foul recorded against him after a tangle with LeBron James.

A total of five players of African origin are on the combined roster of both teams, but the other two players, Chinanu Onuaku for the Houston Rockets and Andre Iguodala for the Golden State Warriors, were not included in the opening-day roster.

 

Source : http://video.kwesesports.com/nba/article/luc-mbah-a-moute-lights-up-nba-opening-night

Rockets beat the Warriors

Rockets beat the Warriors

The Rockets make a nice move for their first game of the season, winning on the floor of the Warriors! Houston stood in the last minute, Golden State: 48.5% against 53.8%, 36.6% at 3 points against 53.3%. James Harden finishes with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, Eric Gordon achieves 24 points, PJ Tucker 20 points, 6 rebounds, Luc Mbah has 14 points and 4 rebounds in 23’23.

 

Golden State starts strong and leads 22-9 in 5 minutes. Houston responds well and returns to the game by tying 24-24. Nick Young scored 3 times 3 points, but Houston re-gathers again and returns to a point at the end of the first quarter 35-34. In the second, the Warriors quickly reclaim 11 points ahead 51-40, then dig their lead to 17 points 66-49. But thanks to a 10-1 at the end of the period, the Rockets limit the breakage. Golden State pocketed the period 36-28 and led to pause 71-62.

The locals continue to build their lead in the 3rd quarter 80-64. They dominate these 12 minutes 30-26 and have 13 points ahead at the start of the last 101-88.

 

Luc Mbah has Moute chained 2 layup, followed by Gordon who allow Houston to return very quickly 104-101. The end of the match is tight and everything is played in the money time. At 2’09 of the end, Ariza fired at 3 points (119-118). McCaw placed 2 points 121-118, but Harden responds with a layup (121-120). Kevin Durant then loses the ball and the Rockets are ironed in front of 122-121 on 2 free throws by PJ Tucker, obtained after an offensive rebound. Kevin Durant has the match ball, but his shot at the buzzer is one tenth behind and the Rockets win at the extreme limit!

Pre-Season: Rockets lose against the Spurs.

Pre-Season: Rockets lose against the Spurs.

After four wins in a row, the Rockets lose against the Spurs, the last pre-season game. Both teams held the score until the third quarter, but the Spurs made the difference in the last. Houston with 38.6% shootout success versus 52.9% for San Antonio, fired a lot at 3 points (53 attempts with 28.3% success). Eric Gordon scored 27 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, James Harden scored 15 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists, Clint Capela 9 points, 12 rebounds, 1 pass, Luc Mbah a Moute 7 points and 4 rebounds in 29’15. In front, LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists.

 

After a balanced start, Houston took 8 points 24-16 but San Antonio put in a 9-0 to pocket the first 25-24. Both teams are held in the second 38-39. The Spurs still remain before at break 54-51 winning this period 29-27.

The visitors quickly gained 9 points in the 3rd quarter 64-55, but the Rockets realized a super 17-4 series to go past 72-68. The Spurs react at the end of the period with a 13-4, which still offers them this quarter-time 27-25. At the start of the last, the Rockets are only 5 points 76-81. The Spurs are leading during the last minutes of the game and are ahead with 12 points 102-90. Gordon with 3 points and Ariza narrow the gap by 5 points 97-102 to 1’36, but the Spurs control the money-time 25-21. Final victory 106-97.

The record of this pre-season remains satisfactory with 4 wins in 5 games. Serious stuff kicks off Tuesday October 17th with the first game of the NBA season for the Rockets who will challenge Golden State Warriors.

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Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute in familiar zone

Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute in familiar zone

There’s just something about familiar faces.

Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute played with guard Chris Paul for two years with the Los Angeles Clippers. While at UCLA, he played teammate Ryan Anderson (California) six times. During summers, he’d spend time in Los Angeles, where several players live or frequent.

“It’s a lot of guys who we’ve played against in summer, played against in college, so you’ve known each other for a long time. The transition was very easy,” Mbah a Moute said of his new team. “That made it easy to adapt and get to know these guys.”

That chemistry extends to the floor where the team’s outscored opponents 322 to 281 points off the strength of a much-improved defense through three preseason games.

“That’s probably the best thing we did yesterday, the defense was pretty good,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s all potential, it doesn’t mean anything but we have an opportunity to be really good on defense and offense so hopefully we can max out our potential.”

Mbah a Moute habitually guarded opponents’ top scorers by the time he developed himself into a defensive force in the league. In Houston, he appreciates the Rockets refocus on defense; bringing in Paul and forward P.J. Tucker, both well-respected defenders in the league.

“Oh very,” he said, when asked if Tucker’s defensive prowess makes his job easier.

“Just having someone else out there who can guard the other team’s best player. A lot of times we end up being at the three and four—both forward positions—so he can switch onto a small; he can switch onto a big; it just makes our defense so much better.”

“It’s not just him, it’s also Trevor (Ariza), who can play multiple positions defensively.” he continued. “You have a lot of guys who can play different positions. When we click defensively we’re pretty tough.”

Mbah a Moute has played well through four games, including an exhibition against the Shanghai Sharks where he scored 12 points with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Through three preseason games, he’s averaging 9.7 points (shooting 62.5% from behind the arc), 2.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.

Now on the sixth NBA team, Mbah a Moute said he’s embracing his opportunity in Houston.

“The last couple years with the Clippers we had a good team but we never went past the first round. I think with this team we have the potential to go further than that,” he said.

“Being in a situation where you play for a team that has a chance to go far in the season; that’s special in itself.”

Offensively, Mbah a Moute is preparing to contribute more. He approached this season intent on being more assertive on offense.

“With the way we play, there’s so much opportunity, especially at the three-point line. Just spacing the floor there’s so many good shooters so you can drop and make plays,” he said. “The offense here is so fun and everyone gets shots so it’s fun to play.”

‘Fun’ is the same word he used to describe his experience in Houston so far.

“I really enjoy myself here,” he said. “I think it’s a great staff, the atmosphere here is amazing.”

On the court, playing a condensed preseason schedule has made each game feel bigger for the Cameroonian.

“It’s a little different for me, just knowing that we play opening night in a few days,” he said.

Regardless of what changes may come, Mbah a Moute is ready for the season to begin.

“I can’t wait for the season to get going so we can continue to do it at a higher level so I’m very excited,” he said.

 

Source : http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-forward-Luc-Mbah-a-Moute-in-familiar-zone-12273878.php#photo-14317816

Preseason: Another win for the Rockets against the Grizzlies.

Preseason: Another win for the Rockets against the Grizzlies.

A new victory for the Rockets who won on the floor of the Grizzlies 101-89. The Rockets had their 4th victory in the row, despite an intense game that turned in their favor in the second half, and a few blunders: 38.8% shootout success against 38% for Memphis, 30.4% 41 rebounds at 43. Luc Mbah a Moute achieves a full match, with 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 pass in 24’44, James Harden finishes with 18 points, and 5 rebounds, 9 assists despite waste, Clint Capela 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Trevor Ariza added 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 pass.

The first quarter is led by Memphis, with 25-15 before Houston narrows down the gap 25-21 at the end of the period. In the second quarter, the Grizzlies retain their lead but the Rockets lag just before the break. They returned to 43-42, and they were led only 3 points at pause 47-44.

The Rockets managed to quickly pass in the second half. On a 13-4, they take 9 points ahead of 66-57, out of 2 free throws from Luc Mbah a Moute. Chalmers narrows the gap but Houston wins this 3rd quarter 27-19 and leads 71-66 at the start of the last. The Rockets then control the end of the game, even digging their lead (30-23). Final victory 101-89.

The Rockets will play their 5th and final preseason game Friday, October 13 at 7pm local time against San Antonio.

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Pre-Season: The Rockets’ win over the Knicks 117-95

Pre-Season: The Rockets’ win over the Knicks 117-95

Everything is going well in this preseason, with a 3rd victory in 3 games, on the floor of the Knicks this time 117-95.
Houston dominated New York in all sectors: 54.1% on shots versus 44.8%, 47.8% at 3 points against 29%, 45 rebounds at 36. James Harden, 9 points, 9 rebounds, Trevor Ariza 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, Luc Mbah a Moute 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.

The Rockets quickly took the lead 12-5 before the Knicks with a tie 16-16 on the Hardaway dunk.
The second half of the first quarter is to the advantage of Houston, and Luc Mbah a Moute on a closed layup a beautiful 19-5 series which already gives a big advantage to the 35-21 team.
In the second quarter (24-30), New York applies and narrows its gap to a point 52-51. Harden chains 3 points and a layup that lead to half-time 59-51.

The second half is a one-way for Houston, which keeps a good gap until the end of the meeting.
The Rockets lead the 3rd quarter with 32-20 to lead 20 points 91-71 at the start of the last.

A fourth quarter took 26-24 and a final win 117-95.

Pre-Season: The Rockets defeat the Shanghai Sharks 144-82

Pre-Season: The Rockets defeat the Shanghai Sharks 144-82

Houston quietly imposed his first pre-season home game, outclassing the Shanghai Sharks from start to finish, with 60.4% shootout success, 42.3% to 3 points (22 shots successful / 52). Luc Mbah a Moute has 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 passes in 16 ‘, Trevor Ariza 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, Eric Gordon 17 points, 3 assists, Clint Capela 16 points, 11 rebounds, 1 pass, Chris Paul 11 points, 3 rebounds, 12 assists, James Harden 9 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists.

The start of the match set the tone for the game and the Rockets are quickly far ahead, with a first quarter-time pocketed 43-16. The rest of the match is one-way and Houston has a 40-point lead at break 81-41. In the second half, the Rockets spin the ball and chain the points. They take the 3rd quarter 26-21 and complete the Sharks with 62 points ahead 144-82.

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Pre-Season: Rockets win against OKC

Pre-Season: Rockets win against OKC

The Houston Rockets started its pre-season well, picking up their first game on the floor of the Thunder 104-97. After a balanced first quarter, the Rockets quickly gained a lead to the end of the game. Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Trevor Ariza 18 points, James Harden scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, Chris Paul 11 ​​points, 2 rebounds 7 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute played 26’11 during which he scored 8 points for 7 rebounds.

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In the first quarter, OKC leads 19-13 but the Rockets are leading by the end of period 27-25 by Anderson who shoots to 3 points. Houston quickly clears the gap in the second on a beautiful 20-7 series, and has 15 points 47-32 lead. Locals react and narrow the gap but Houston is ahead at pause 59-52.

 

In the second period, the Rockets unwind in the 3rd quarter that they pocket 31-21 to lead 90-73 at the start of the last 12 minutes. With 27 points ahead, Houston quietly controls (14-24) and wins 104-97.

Next test Thursday 5 October at 7 pm local time: Houston Rockets – Shanghai Sharks