The Houston Rockets are on some kind of roll. While they opened the season with a 10-day stretch that led them to a 1-5 start, the Rockets have turned the ship 180-degrees since Houston has been one of, if not the hottest team in the league since the month of December.
CBS Sports indicates that James Harden was once again frustrating the opposing defenses as he helped the Houston Rockets walk off the court victorious for the eighth time in their last nine outings.
Harden poured in 45 points and added six assists while rising star and rebound machine Clint Capela chipped in 24 points and gobbled up 18 boards to help the Rockets defeat the Boston Celtics 127-113 on Thursday evening.
Unless you heard the announcer say that James Harden was playing a bit banged up against Boston on Thursday evening, you would have never known it by simply watching the action. Harden, who has been playing with a bruised left calf, came out of the gate red-hot. The all-star guard scored 17 points in the first quarter alone and finished the contest shooting an even 50-percent from 3-point land as he drilled nine of his 18 3-point attempts.
The former Arizona State star has now scored 30 points or more in his last eight games. That is the longest streak in the NBA since Harden’s former teammate Russell Westbrook had eight straight 30-point games in November 2016. The way Harden is playing, he should break that streak the next time out.
Kyrie Irving led the way for the Celtics as he scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out 11 assists in a losing effort.
Next up for surging Houston Rockets will be a trip to the Smoothie King Center in Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, December 29. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.