Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Rockets held off the Brooklyn Nets Monday night for a 122-118 victory extending Houston’s win streak to seven in a row. They have also won nine of their last ten games and improve to 18-7 on the year. The Nets outscored the Rockets in the second half and even had the lead in the fourth quarter but couldn’t finish a hot Houston team.
“They scored 75 points in the second half which you know, give them credit but also give us a lot of credit for not playing any defense… You know it’s one of those nights where you can see it coming a mile away. It’s you’re waiting for a train wreck,” Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni said.
The Rockets left some points at the free-throw line, shooting just 58% from the charity stripe and missing a handful of important foul shots down the stretch. In comparison, Brooklyn made 75% of their free throws. Individually, James Harden and Clint Capela each missed four free throws.
“82 games and every game isn’t going to be perfect, you’ve got to figure out ways to win and that’s what we did tonight,” Harden said.
Harden led the Rockets with 36 points. He also had 11 assists and 8 rebounds leaving him just shy of another triple-double. Eric Gordon followed with 24 points off the bench shooting 60% from 3-point range.
“We definitely needed a wakeup call. We know what we need to do. We just need to have more energy… I mean it’s good we got a win but it’s all the little things we got to do for us to be even a better team,” Gordon said.
Next up the Rockets will look to take their win streak to eight in a row hosting the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.