More and more often as I'm searching for an opener to a recap, my mind goes something along these lines: "It wasn't pretty, but the Rockets got the job done..." Tonight, that line seems pretty fitting as the Rockets pulled out another ugly victory at the Toyota Center over the New York Knicks.
James Harden was huge for the Rockets, scoring 37 points and carrying the Rockets second half offense with nearly two dozen after the halftime break, and Chandler Parsons also played well, notching a double-double with a 17 and 11 effort. The Rockets two best players on the night, Parsons and Harden, didn't sit a single minute out in the second half and played an astonishing 88 minutes between the two of them.
On the less encouraging end, Jeremy Lin had an impressive first half but awful third quarter, and was benched for Aaron Brooks in the fourth. Brooks didn't do any better, scoring just five points on the night, though he made the game winning free throws.
It was a game the Rockets truly needed and they got it, but they didn't make it easy on themselves. Next up for the Rockets are the Lakers next Wednesday.