The Houston Rockets are showing that they are built for the long haul. After a sluggish 1-2 start to the regular season, Houston has liftoff! Now sitting in first place with a 22-15 record, the Houston Rockets won their sixth consecutive game Thursday evening over the Golden State Warriors 135-134 in an overtime thriller.
According to a CBS Sports report, this game had a definite playoff feel to it as the teams traded late overtime baskets jostling for the lead. In the end, it was Houston’s James Harden who ended this epic battle.
Harden looked to be in no position to hit a game-winning shot, but somehow, someway with two seconds left and being heavily defended by two players, Harden hit a highly contested 3-point shot that gave the Rockets the huge road victory.
Yes, it is way too early to declare someone as the MVP of the season, but if you haven’t been paying attention to what Harden has been doing, you need to!
Harden finished the night with 44 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists – and definitely sealed up the player of the week award. The former Arizona State star has been putting up numbers that seem so unreal they resemble a video game!
Thursday night’s stats added up to Harden’s second triple-double of the week and his fifth straight 40-point performance. Yes, MVP of the week, check. If next week is even half as good as this one was, you can put down Harden for the player of the month – and it is only the fourth of January.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson did their best to help Golden State’s effort down the stretch, but in the end, Harden and the Rockets wouldn’t be denied. Curry led the Warriors with 35 points, while Durand and Thompson both poured 26 each in the losing effort.
There still is a long way to go in the regular season, but Rockets fans have to love the direction this team is going in.
Houston will try to make it seven straight wins when they travel to Portland to face the Trailblazers on Saturday, January 5.