Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – James Harden’s third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night won’t go down as the greatest Houston Rockets performance ever, but it sure was a good 12 minutes of basketball and it helped set them up for a 123-108 win.
The Rockets took a four-point lead into the locker room at halftime, and out of the break, Harden went on to score 20 points on six of seven shooting. He would also create another 12 points through assists, accounting for 32 of the team’s 38 points in the third quarter.
“That’s what he does,” Trevor Ariza said of Harden’s quarter. “He’s one of the best players in this league and he can do everything.”
Harden ended the quarter with the Rockets up 15 points.
Up double-digits, the Rockets tried to coast to a win, but the Grizzlies out of desperation ended up going to Hack-A-Capela to try and get back into the game. Clint Capela would turn David Fizdale’s (Grizzlies head coach) Hack-A plans on its ear as he hit on seven of his eight free throws during that time-frame.
Capela overall had a very good game. He was very active in pick and rolls, scoring 24 points. The third-year big man also picked up 11 rebounds, and with 14 points and 12 rebounds a game earlier, it’s the first time since coming back from his knee injury that he’s had back to back double-doubles.
The Rockets after dropping a home game to the Indiana Pacers have won back to back games over playoff teams in the Los Angeles Clippers and the Grizzlies.