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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.

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

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.


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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

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

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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