14 Nov 2018, 11:38 IST
DENVER (AP) — James Harden turned a gradual begin into a robust end.
Harden scored 19 of his 22 factors within the second half and the Houston Rockets pulled away to beat Denver 109-99 on Tuesday night time, sending the Nuggets to a fourth straight loss.
Harden additionally had 11 assists, with a number of going to Clint Capela, who led the Rockets with 24 factors, together with a collection of dunks.
“I simply take what the protection offers me,” Harden stated. “I trusted the blokes to make the fitting passes. Our bigs did a terrific job of discovering these passing pockets. It requires endurance, particularly as a playmaker.
“It will take time, however we’re getting there. If we maintain guarding and defending at a excessive degree our offense will come round. As soon as we put each collectively, it will get scary.”
Chris Paul added 21 factors for Houston, enjoying a 3rd straight recreation with out Carmelo Anthony due to what the staff stated was an sickness.
Houston, which had an NBA-high 65 wins final season, has gained 5 of seven video games since a 1-5 begin.
“It is beginning to roll somewhat bit higher,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni stated.
Monte Morris had 19 factors for the Nuggets, who’ve misplaced their final eight conferences with Houston. Gary Harris and Jamal Murray added 15 factors apiece.
A step-back shot by Murray received Denver inside 4 factors halfway by the fourth quarter however Harden went on a tear, scoring 11 straight Houston factors to place the Rockets up 104-91 with 3:48 remaining.
Murray stated attempting to decelerate Harden is hard, not solely due to his ability degree as a former league MVP however due to the due to the gamers surrounding him.
“They have shooters throughout,” Murray stated. “They have a terrific staff. He is surrounded by gamers you must guard as nicely, not simply James Harden, so it offers him a variety of house to function in and he did that tonight.”
The Nuggets closed the hole to 6 factors within the waning moments however the Rockets received a few free throws from Paul and a dunk from Capela to carry on.
“We received two actually good wins (consecutively),” Paul stated. “This was an excellent highway win for us. They play nicely right here at residence. We’ll take it. We’re nonetheless simply constructing.”
Down by a degree on the break, the Rockets opened up an 86-76 lead going into the ultimate quarter. After a pair of free throws by Paul Millsap pulled Denver to 74-72, the Rockets closed the ultimate Four half of minutes of the third interval on a 12-Four run capped by Eric Gordon’s driving layup.
Murray hit a jumper within the ultimate seconds of the second quarter to offer the Nuggets a 55-54 halftime lead.
Rockets: G/F Gerald Inexperienced missed a second recreation on account of a proper ankle sprain, however is nearing a return. Inexperienced might be out there to play as quickly as their subsequent recreation on Thursday night time, in line with D’Antoni. … C Nene stays sidelined by a proper calf pressure that has compelled him to overlook the previous 12 video games.
Nuggets: The loss was the primary by double digits this season. … F Juancho Hernangomez was within the beginning lineup for a second straight recreation. Hernangomez was inserted into the lineup as a part of the Nuggets’ seek for a alternative for injured Will Barton, who stays sidelined indefinitely with a hip harm.
Rockets: Host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night time.
Nuggets: Host Atlanta on Thursday night time.
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