The Houston Rockets continued their high-scoring ways beating the Phoenix Suns, 131-115 on Monday. James Harden led the Texas team with a double-double of 32 points and 15 assists.
Montrezl Harrell also filled in nicely with injured starting center Clint Capela, who is out for about a month with an injury. The big man started for the third straight game and had 14 points and two blocks.
Ryan Anderson added 15 points with 3 three-pointers and Patrick Beverley had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
Rockets 12-2 in last 14 games
The Rockets bounced back after a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, 115-109 in their last game. Houston gets another easy one in their schedule, facing the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Rockets, who grabbed the 39-23 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Neither did they stop pressing on the pedal on this one scoring 30 and 38 points in the second and third quarters, respectively. Harden did not even need to play in the final quarter.
The Rockets’ defense also stepped up in this one, unlike in their previous game when they allowed the Grizzlies to shoot over 50% from the field. Houston limited Phoenix to 42.6% shooting overall and just 23.3% from the three-point area.
Upped defensive intensity for Rockets
Veteran forward Trevor Ariza was satisfied with their effort on defense. Ariza settled for 8 points but had 10 rebounds and 5 steals.
“I think it’s about the effort part. When we put effort and energy into both sides of the ball, we can be a really good team. It showed tonight and we just got to continue to do those things,” Ariza told ESPN about their improved D for this game.
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The Rockets are 12-2 in their last 14 games. The losses have come from West playoff contenders San Antonio Spurs and Grizzles.
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