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House Comes Up Big In Rockets Win Over Suns

House scores 18 in first game in over 2 months

March 16, 2019 - 12:36 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- In his first game with the Rockets in over two months, Danuel House scored 18 poitns and made the two biggest plays of the night as the Rockets beat the Phoenix Suns 108-102.

With the Rockets clinging to a two-point lead, House connected on his fourth three-pointer of the night with 55.2 seconds left. Devin Booker scored on the Suns next possession, and when the Rockets got the ball back, Kelly Oubre stole the ball from James Harden leading to a breakaway opportunity for Josh Jackson, only House chased him down and knocked the ball away. He was whistled for a foul, but Jackson missed both free throws, and the Rockets closed it out after that.

The game featured 15 ties and 25 lead changes, the last came on James Harden's reverse layup with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter. Harden finished with 41 points without Chris Paul (rest). He shot 12-of-25 from the field, while adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, and three blocks in 42 minutes as the Rockets improve to 43-26 on the season, and remain a half game up on Portland for the 3-seed in the Western Conference.

Phoenix scored the game's first eight points and led 31-26 after 12 minutes. The second quarter started with a Josh Jackson dunk, but an Austin Rivers layup capped an 8-0 Rockets run and gave them their first lead of the night. That was the first of 12 lead changes in a period that ended with the Suns leading 57-55. Harden led the Rockets with 16 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr. led all scorers with 17. 

The third quarter started with a Deandre Ayton layup which made it a 4-point game and would be the biggest lead for either team in the period that finished with the Suns up by a bucket.

Eric Gordon scored 19 points while Clint Capela added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Booker led the Suns with 29, while Oubre added 22 as the Suns fall to 16-54.

The Rockets will be in action again Sunday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.