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Capela, Harden lead Rockets past Nuggets for second-straight win

As the Houston Rockets’ headlines have mostly focused on how Carmelo Anthony isn’t working out on the roster, the team picked up another win on Tuesday night. Clint Capela led all Rockets players as they topped the Denver Nuggets 119-99 for their second consecutive victory. Meanwhile, Denver’s losing streak continues.

A report via The Dream Shake notes that Capela had a season-high 24 points in the win. Teammate James Harden added 22 points along with 11 assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Nine of Harden’s points came in the fourth quarter as the Rockets were able to hold off their fellow Western Conference contenders. Chris Paul also finished with 21 points on a 7-for-12 shooting performance. Paul dished out four assists and collected five rebounds as well.

The Rockets had a solid shooting night, hitting 39-of-71 shots for a nearly-55 percent field goal rate. They also connected on 13-of-37 three-point shot attempts and outrebounded Denver just slightly. However, reigning NBA MVP James Harden helped push the offense in the second half as Houston outscored the Nuggets 55-44.

The Denver Nuggets started out the NBA season as a team looking strong as they were amongst the early undefeated squads. However, they’ve recently dropped four-straight games and are now 9-5 overall. Denver had another balanced scoring performance from their players with Jamal Murray and Gary Harris each scoring 14, while Nikola Jokic had 14 and Paul Millsap, 13 points in the loss. Monte Morris came off the bench to lead all players with 19 points in 31 minutes.

On the other side, Houston has been having their own struggles. They’re currently 6-7 overall and trying to climb back to a winning record. Much of the recent focus is on how Carmelo Anthony isn’t fitting as part of the plan and that he’ll part ways with the Rockets soon. As of this report, there has been no mention of which team Anthony may head to next.

Houston will try to extend their two-game winning streak but it won’t be easy. Next up, they’ll take on the Golden State Warriors. The game is in Houston Thursday night with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Central Time (8 p.m. ET) on TNT. The Denver Nuggets try to snap their four-game losing streak when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET).