Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Rockets led the Lakers by as much as 42 points at the Toyota Center Wednesday night before finishing with a 134-95 victory.
“You know, this league doesn’t feel sorry for anybody. They were a little short-handed, but we did our part,” Houston Coach Mike D’Antoni said.
It was Eric Gordon who stole the show off the bench going 8 for 12 from 3-point range and finishing with 26 points to lead the team. He also set a franchise record by making at least four three-pointers in seven straight games.
“We were just scoring at will tonight and it was good to see that, and once that happens it’s open for anybody. I definitely had a hot hand,” Gordon said.
Patrick Beverley also had a career night. He was just three rebounds away from a triple double with 10 points and 12 assists. Since Patrick’s return to the lineup, the Rockets have a record of (9-2).
“Oh man, I wanted him to get a triple double so bad. He needed three rebounds… Every rebound he tried to get, he’s so small he couldn’t get them,” James Harden said.
Harden almost had a 4×5 line with 25 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. He also took note of Eric Gordon’s big night.
“He’s been on fire… He’s comfortable. Him, Ryan, Clint, Trevor, I mean guys are just getting comfortable. Even Dekker coming off the bench, Montrezl comes in in moments and gives the energy that we need,” Harden said.
Now the Rockets can put behind the season opening loss to the Lakers and focus on another important game. They are at Oklahoma City Friday night.
“We wanted to kind of get a get back game. Now moving to Oklahoma City, we had another opportunity up ten going into the fourth and we let one slip away,” James said.