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Victory against the Mavs 104-97

Victory against the Mavs 104-97

The Rockets pocketed their 8th consecutive win tonight, beating Dallas home. After a balanced first half, Houston quickly took the lead in the 3rd quarter and held it to the end. James Harden has 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, Chris Paul 25 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists.

The Rockets come off 27-19 at the end of the first quarter thanks to two 3 points of Green. Dallas makes a good second quarter (36-30) and returns twice to Houston, who leads only two points in the 57-55 break.

At the restart, the Rockets start on a 17-10 and keep the Mavs at bay. They pocket the 3rd quarter 30-20 and control the end of the game 17-22, with up to 16 points ahead in the last quarter.

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The Rockets roll against the Nuggets 130-104

The Rockets roll against the Nuggets 130-104

Houston dominated the match against Denver, with a 50-percent success rate of 47.7 percent, but mostly 46.3 percent at 3 points, compared to only 10.7 percent to 3/28 for Nuggets! James Harden has 28 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, Clint Capela 23 points and 25 rebounds, Luc Mbah has Moute 14 points, 2 rebounds and 1 pass in 24’04.

On a 3 points by Luc Mbah a Moute, Houston leads 11-4 and already escapes at the end of the first quarter 35-23. The Rockets are not worried, take the second quarter 28-23 and are ahead at break 63-46.

At no time in the second half, the Nuggets will find the key to worry the Rockets, who take up to 27 points. The end of the match is a formality, with a 34-24 in the 3rd and a 33-34 in the last quarter.

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Victory at the Heat 109-101

Victory at the Heat 109-101

By winning at Miami 109-101, Houston clinched its sixth consecutive victory and a clear fault in this road trip of 4 games. The Heat defended well and hooked Houston in the second half, before cracking in the last quarter. James Harden finished with 41 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, Chris Paul 24 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists.

The Rockets dominate the first quarter, pocket 35-24 then lead 16 points in the second 55-39. The Heat reacts with a 22-6 that offers him the period 33-26. But the Rockets stay ahead at break 61-57.

Miami starts very strong the 3rd quarter, goes on a 16-8 and passes Houston 73-69. Both teams are neck and neck and the Heat takes the 33-22, although Chris Paul has the last word at 3 points and allows the Rockets to lead 83-80 at the start of the last quarter. A period during which the Rockets will take off in the last 8 minutes, under the impulse of the inevitable duo Chris Paul – James Harden.

The Rockets are 2nd in the West (40 wins, 13 defeats), 1 victory for the Warriors, Conference leader.

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New success for the Nets 123-113

New success for the Nets 123-113

Houston once again dominated the entire game against Brooklyn, although the Nets briefly took the lead in the third quarter. James Harden renews a big performance with 36 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, Chris Paul 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, Luc Mbah has Moute 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in 37’25.

The first quarter time is balanced, but Gerald Green realizes in the last minutes 2 three points and allow the Rockets to lead 38-31. Houston maintains its lead in the second, but the Nets finish the period well and pocket 32-27. At the break, Luc and his are in front of 65-63.

For 2 minutes, Brooklyn took the lead in the 3rd quarter 84-82. But the Rockets react and chained an 11-1 which offers them the quarter 31-23 and 10 points ahead of the start of the last. The Rockets take a 16-point lead 115-99 and control the end of the match thanks to Harden who goes 10 points in the money time. The Beard has reached the 15,000 points scored in career!

Victory 120-88 in Cleveland

Victory 120-88 in Cleveland

The Rockets dominated from start to finish and soon bent the match against the Cavaliers. Chris Paul has 22 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, James Harden 16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, Ryan Anderson 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 pass. Luc Mbah a Moute scored 11 points for 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Houston quickly took a 10-point lead 22-12 and took the first quarter 32-20. The second is identical (33-19) for the Rockets who fly over the meeting and lead already to the 65-39 break.

Houston has up to 35 points in the 3rd (85-50) and quietly controls the end of the game (32-30 and 23-19). With 47.3% success against 39.1% for locals, Houston also controlled all areas of play and limited to 12 points the best scorers opponents (Isaiah Thomas and JR Smith).

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Victory 102-91 at the Spurs

Victory 102-91 at the Spurs

The Rockets won for the second time this season against the Spurs. A controlled match from start to finish against the 3rd of the Western Conference. James Harden has 28 points, 2 rebounds, 11 assists, Clint Capela 14 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, Luc Mbah has Moute 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 35’15.

San Antonio will lead for 1’30 on a 4-0, then Houston takes the lead to lead until the end of the match. Limited to 14 points in the first quarter, the Spurs are already 13 points behind at the end of the 27-14 period. The Rockets master the second quarter 27-24 and lead 54-38 at the break.

The Rockets keep the Spurs at bay in the second half, even though the locals pocket the 3rd quarter 32-28, and return to 6 points at the start of the last quarter 82-76. Chris Paul has 3 baskets at the right time and gives the Rockets a 12-point lead 88-76, which is 102-91 in the Texan derby!

The Rockets are still 2nd in the West with 37 wins and 13 losses.

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Victory against the Magic thanks to a historic James Harden!

Victory against the Magic thanks to a historic James Harden!

James Harden made a feat tonight against Orlando. With 60 points scored at 19/30, 5/14 at 3 points, 17/18 free throws, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, he is the first NBA player to score 60 points in a triple-double. He also beats the record points of the franchise, held by Calvin Murphy in 1978 with 57 points. In the absence of Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon, the bearded took things in hand and allowed Houston in the money time to pocket the 114-107 victory.

Both teams held a few points throughout the match. Orlando first took the first quarter 30-27, led by 5 points in the second 43-38 before Houston went back to 51-50. The Rockets pocket the second quarter 27-25 and stick to 1 point of the Magic at the break 54-55.

The Rockets take the lead in the 70-63 restart, the Magic returns 3 times but James Harden 3 points gives the advantage to the Texans 90-88 who pocket the 3rd quarter 36-33. The end of the match is very tight, 107-107 at 3’36. The two teams do not score for 2 minutes, then James Harden concludes his extraordinary performance on an award winning shot, a 3 points and a free throw! Luc Mbah a Moute (8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 pass) on a last free throw completes the game 114-107!

Victory against the Suns 113-102

Victory against the Suns 113-102

After a balanced first game, the Rockets beat the Suns in the second half. James Harden has 27 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, Chris Paul 17 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, Luc Mbah has Moute 13 points, 2 rebounds, 1 pass.

The Rockets pocket the first quarter time 28-24, but the Suns pass them in front of 33-30 at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams stand and are tied 49-49 at 3’33, but Houston ends well on an 11-4 and take the period 32-29. At break, the Rockets lead 60-53.

Phoenix equalized 62-62 at the restart, but James Harden 3 points gives the advantage to the Rockets who will escape in the third quarter (32-24). With 15 points lead 92-77 at the start of the last quarter, the Rockets control the end of the game 21-25 and won their 35th victory.

Victory 104-97 at the Mavs

Victory 104-97 at the Mavs

Houston quickly took over Dallas and led the whole game. James Harden has 25 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists, Trevor Ariza 23 points, 4 rebounds, 1 pass and Clint Capela 16 points, 13 rebounds. As often, the Rockets started strong.

With a rain of shooting at 3 points (10!), Houston leads 23-10 in 5 minutes and takes the first quarter time 38-28. The second is the opposite, since the Rockets only return 13 points! Fortunately, defense keeps Dallas at bay. The locals score just 17 points and Houston leads 51-45 at half-time.

The Rockets quickly conclude the deal in the 3rd quarter that they win 34-22. With 18 points lead 85-67 in the last, Luc and his control the end of the game despite a 8-1 Mavs in the money time. Houston is second in the West with 34 wins and 12 losses.

Victory against the Heat in the money time

Victory against the Heat in the money time

Houston fought to beat Miami. After a first quarter-time missed, the Rockets have reduced the gap before the break, then made the difference in the last 3 minutes. James Harden finished with 28 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, Chris Paul 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists.

The Heat starts well and leads by 10 points 26-16 and pockets the first quarter 33-25. The Rockets rule in the second by tightening the defense. Anderson equalizes 44-44 on a 3-point, the Rockets win this round 21-17 and glue at the 46-50 break.

The second half is very contested. Houston equalizes 57-57 and takes a 3-point lead 71-68 at the end of the third quarter (25-18). The last quarter is very tight, with the two teams still tied at 88-88, 4 minutes from time. James Harden 3 points and Chris Paul drive the momentum of victory in the final minutes. Miami looses hold, with a failed attempt by James Johnson and a James Harden counterattack against Hassan Whiteside. The Rockets finish on a 11-2, take the last quarter 28-22 and win 99-90!

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Victory 116-98 against the Wolves, Luc returns in force!

Victory 116-98 against the Wolves, Luc returns in force!

Houston easily defeated Minnesota, dominating the entire game. Luc Mbah has Moute in the starting 5 returns strong with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 32 ‘. James Harden, who was back after his injury, made 10 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists. Eric Gordon adds 30 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists.

The first quarter time is balanced 17-17, but the Rockets finish it on a nice 9-0 series (9 points signed Gordon) and pocket 26-17. The Timberwolves return to 2 points 26-24, then the 2 teams stand. But as in the previous round, the Rockets accelerate in the last 2 minutes with a 10-3, which give them to lead the second quarter time 37-33. Luc and his are in front at break 63-50.

The second half is perfectly mastered by the Rockets, who take the third quarter time 26-20, lead 89-70 at the start of the last and finish on a 27-28. Final victory 116-98.

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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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