Harden Scores 44 In Rockets Win Over Nets

Rockets improve to 22-10 with a 108-98 win over Brooklyn

Adam Spolane
December 28, 2019 - 11:22 pm
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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- On the strength of James Harden's 44-point night, the Rockets bounced back from a disappointing Christmas Day loss with a 108-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets Saturday night at Toyota Center. 

Harden shot 17-of-27 from the field and added 10 rebounds, six assists, and three blocked shots as the Rockets improved to 22-10 on the season.

Houston led by as many as 22 the first quarter as it shot 75 percent from field. Harden led the way with 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, but the Rockets followed that up by connecting on just a third of their second quarter field goals, allowing Brooklyn to get within six before the Rockets took a 63-54 lead into halftime. Harden led all scorers with 25 points, while Russell Westbrook added 18. 

The Rockets opened the second half on a 13-4 run to double their lead, but Brooklyn battled back and bookended the third and fourth quarters with a 14-0 run, regaining the lead on DeAndre Jordan's tip-in with 8:55 to play. The lead changed hands twice before Harden gave the Rockets the lead for good when he hit a 12-foot floater two minutes later, starting an 8-0 burst.

Russell Westbrook finished with 23 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, but was ejected with 20 seconds to play after a skirmish with Nets forward Taurean Prince. 

Austin Rivers chipped in 14 points off the bench.

Spencer Dinwiddie's 17 point, 11 assist night led the Nets, who dropped to 16-15.

The Rockets will be back in action Sunday night when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Eric Gordon will make his return after missing 22 straight games following right knee surgery.