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Game Thread No. 35: Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks

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Rockets looking to end 2016 with a win.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets (25-9) vs. New York Knicks (16-16), Dec 31, 2016 7:00 PM CST

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Starting Lineups

Houston Rockets

G - James Harden
G - Corey Brewer
C - Montrez Harrell
F - Trevor Ariza
F - Ryan Anderson

New York Knicks

G - Derrick Rose
G - Brandon Jennings
C - Joakim Noah
F - Carmelo Anthony
F - Lance Thomas

Pregame notes

  • Rockets have won 21 of the past 23 meetings, with one loss at home and one on the road
  • Houston is looking for its 10th season series sweep of New York over past 12 seasons
  • New York hasn't won two straight in Houston since 1/19/95-3/26/96

2015-16 Season Series Stats and Notes

  • Rockets won by 19 points on 11/2 after both teams scored 218 points in the two games last season... NY: 43.5% FGs on 11/2 (50.0% in 2015-16).
  • Over the past three meetings, New York is shooting 41.7% from 3-point range... Knicks: 60 assists with 52 turnovers over past three meetings.
  • Over the past three meetings, James Harden has 34 assists and 7 steals with 8 turnovers... he shot 9-of-16 on 11/2 (37.5% in 2 games in 15-16).
  • Kristaps Porzingis had 3 points on 0-of-4 shooting on 11/2 after averaging 22.0 ppg on 64.0% FGs in 2015-16... Anthony: 17.5 ppg past two GP.