James Harden scored 40 points as the Rockets blew out the Phoenix Suns Saturday night at Toyota Center 133-102.
Harden needed just 17 field goal attempts to get his points. He knocked down eight three-pointers and hit 14-of-16 from the free throw line. He added six rebounds and eight assists as the Rockets won for the 40th time this season in the 57th game after needing 81 games to win 40 times last season.
The game was never competitive as the Rockets scored the game’s first 13 points and led 29-5 after six minutes. Jared Dudley brought Phoenix within 12 with ten points off the bench, but the Rockets still led by 14 after the first quarter, and they grew the lead with a 39-point second quarter, taking a 77-53 lead into the locker room.
Things didn’t get any better for Phoenix, playing without Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler (rest). Houston scored the first nine points of the third quarter and would lead by as many as 40. The score was 111-77 after the third quarter.
Patrick Beverley scored 19 points for the Rockets, knocking down all four of his attempts from behind the 3-point line. Ryan Anderson chipped in 16 points, while Sam Dekker added 14.
Eric Gordon missed the game with low-back soreness.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 18 points, while T.J. Warren scored 14. The loss drops Phoenix to 17-38.