The Rockets started the game off with three makes from downtown and lead the game from start to finish. The offense showed up tonight where it failed to show up in their other two meetings with Memphis this season. The team scored 93 points after three quarters in this contest, and had failed to reach that plateau in either of their first two games this season after four quarters.
To nobody’s surprise, James Harden lead the way and scored 38 points while racking up eight assists. The team was a +23 with Harden on the floor as the Beard strengthened his early MVP case. Eric Gordon was also solid tonight with 26 points on 7-of-16 shooting. The only other double-digit scorers were Ryan Anderson with 12 and P.J. Tucker with 11 off the bench.
The team started off the game 28-10 as the Grizzlies started off flat, but a run lead by Tyreke Evans and Chandler Parsons cut the lead to 11 by the second quarter. Memphis cut the lead to five in the second quarter, but the Rockets never let it get any closer. Evans’ 22 points off the bench lead the team tonight.
The third quarter was probably Houston’s most impressive quarter. Houston outscored Memphis 31-20, and Harden had 13 of his points in that frame. He played sparingly in the fourth quarter, but was not necessarily needed as the Grizzlies were already put away by then.
In the team’s first loss against the Grizzlies this season, the Rockets held a large lead but let it slip away right out of their grasp. Tonight, that was not the case as Houston kept the foot on the gas and failed to become complacent. The offense had an excellent flow tonight and it is hard for Houston to lose when the team plays like they did tonight. Houston held Memphis to 6-for-20 shooting from the three-point line, whereas Houston went 16-for-45.
It was nice for the team to get a convincing win and allow the third team to get some run as the team shifts gears quickly to the Indiana Pacers tomorrow evening. Tipoff is at 5 PM CT.