The Houston Rockets have not got off to the best start to the 2018 season, however, they showed exactly why they are one of the favorites in the Western Conference on Thursday evening as they steamrolled past the Golden State Warriors 107-86.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets have now won three games in a row, improving their record to 7-7 on the season. Sure, the record doesn’t sound that impressive when you have as much talent as the Rockers, but after starting the season 1-5, it is fair to say that Houston is starting to look like the powerhouse team they were predicted to be.
The Rockets got off to a fast start last night against the Warriors and never looked back. Houston was led by James Harden who poured in 27 points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off three assists along with James Ennis’ 19 points and five rebounds.
While Houston carried a six-point lead into halftime, it was late in the third quarter when the Rockets’ offense began to pull away. Gary Clark nailed three shots beyond the three-point arc helping Houston claim a 13-point margin heading into the final quarter.
Clark played a huge part in the Rockets win as the rookie from Cincinnati scored nine key points, to go along with his seven rebounds, two assists, and two blocked shots.
Kevin Durant scored 20 points, while Klay Thompson added 10 for the Warriors in a losing effort.
The Warriors were a bit short-handed as they were without sharpshooter Stephen Curry, but that isn’t dampening the spirits of the Rockets, who have turned around their early-season slump.
The Rockets did announce before the game that they would be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony. The Anthony experiment didn’t last long as the 10-time All-Star forward’s stint in Houston lasted just 10 regular-season games. Teams rumored to have interest in Anthony include the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.
Houston will now look to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, November 17 from the Toyota Center.