Harden’s 33 points lead Rockets to victory

admin   •   January 8, 2016   •   2677

Jan 7, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives as he splits the defense of Utah Jazz forward Chris Johnson (23) and guard Raul Neto (25) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 103 to 94. USA TODAY Sports -

Jan 7, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives as he splits the defense of Utah Jazz forward Chris Johnson (23) and guard Raul Neto (25) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 103 to 94. USA TODAY Sports –

(The Sports Xchange) – James Harden tallied a game-high 33 points and the Houston Rockets wrangled control in the second half by quickening the tempo to surge past the Utah Jazz 103-94 on Thursday at Toyota Center.

The Rockets (18-19) scored 64 second-half points while shooting 65.7 percent from the floor to erase what was once a seven-point deficit. Houston produced 12 fast-break points following the intermission, 10 in the third quarter, to set the pace.

“I think we were playing for the most part pretty well defensively, offensively we were too slow,” Harden said of the first half. “We wanted to put an emphasis on pushing the basketball, getting stops and just running out.”

With the Jazz (15-20) fighting to remain in contention, Harden drilled a step-back elbow jumper with 2:46 remaining before adding a driving layup with 1:51 left to keep the advantage at 96-90.

He finished 13-for-25 from the floor despite missing all seven of his three-point attempts.

Terrence Jones chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds, while Jason Terry and Marcus Thornton scored 12 points apiece off the Houston bench.

Harden added eight rebounds and two of the Rockets’ 11 steals. Houston scored 16 points off 19 Utah turnovers.

“When you turn a team over you’ve got to take advantage of it,” interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said “You’ve got to get out on the floor. You’ve got to push.

“In the second half … we committed to that and it was effective.”

Gordon Hayward paced the Jazz with 15 points, while Trevor Booker (12), Chris Johnson (11) and Trey Burke (10) scored in double figures off the bench. Utah dropped their third consecutive game and second to Houston this week.

HOOD INJURY

The Rockets perked up when Jazz guard Rodney Hood was lost to an ankle injury with 8:37 remaining in the third quarter.

Hood paced Utah with 10 points at the point of his departure, and the Jazz led 48-46 after Harden scored a transition layup with Hood writhing on the floor in pain.

The Rockets posted 33 points in the third quarter after scoring just 39 in the first half. Harden poured in 16 in the period and assisted Trevor Ariza for a three-pointer after recording a block as the lone defender during a three-on-one break for the Jazz.

Ariza pushed the Rockets to a 57-55 lead with 5:33 left in the period, an advantage Houston did not relinquish in the fourth quarter.

The third quarter marked a departure from the Rockets’ second-quarter woes. Houston missed 17 of 24 shots in the second period and closed the half 1 for 10 from behind the arc.

And while Utah stood at a deficit in paint points and failed to score in transition by the break, the Rockets’ errant shooting helped the Jazz to a 44-39 halftime lead.

“I thought it was a hell of an effort by us,” Hayward said. “We competed through all the circumstances. Rodney going down, losing another key guy, and we’re still battling and still in the game at the end.”

Utah center Rudy Gobert, making his first appearance following an 18-game injury hiatus, provided an immediate boost during his five minutes in the first quarter when the Jazz outscored Houston by 10 with Gobert on the floor. Houston led 10-2 before surrendering an 11-1 run.

“This game was just to see how I was feeling,” said Gobert, who had six points and three rebounds in 15 minutes while playing with a bulky brace on his left knee. “I feel great, and I’m not tired at all. Next game I’m probably going to play double the minutes.”

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Harden drills OT winner as Rockets nip Warriors

UNTV News   •   January 5, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Feb 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) points to the sky against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

James Harden capped his second consecutive triple-double by sinking a 25-foot 3-pointer with one second remaining in overtime Thursday night, giving the Houston Rockets a 135-134 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

After Stephen Curry put Golden State up by two with an 18-footer with 23.1 seconds to go, the Rockets got possession after a kicked-ball violation on the Warriors with 5.5 seconds left.

The ball was inbounded to Harden, who was able to get off — and make — a heavily contested 3-pointer to provide the game-winning points and cap a game-high, 44-point night.

Kevin Durant’s desperation 40-footer caromed off the rim at the buzzer, allowing the Rockets to win their sixth straight and 11th in their past 12.

In scoring 40 or more points for the fifth consecutive game, Harden also found time for 10 rebounds and a game-high 15 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season. He turned the ball over seven times.

Curry led the Warriors with 35 points.

The Rockets forced the extra session by scoring the last six points of the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Clint Capela with 1:03 to go and a 3-pointer by Harden with 51.4 seconds left.

After Durant misfired for Golden State, Harden had the last shot of regulation but couldn’t connect from 32 feet, sending the game into overtime tied at 119-all.

Thirty of Harden’s points came on 10 3-pointers as the Rockets went 21-for-54 from beyond the arc and outscored Golden State 63-42 on threes.

Capela recorded a 29-point, 21-point double-double for Houston, which beat Golden State for the second time this season after falling to the eventual champion Warriors in seven games in last year’s Western Conference finals.

Austin Rivers added 18 points, Danuel House Jr. 17 and Gerald Green 16 as the Rockets rallied from as much as a 20-point, third-quarter deficit.

Curry managed his 35 points despite just 5-for-15 shooting from 3-point range. The Warriors were 14-for-37 from long distance as a team.

Durant and Klay Thompson finished with 26 points apiece for the Warriors, while Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double of his own with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The loss was Golden State’s third straight at home.

—Field Level Media

Top-scorer Harden out for at least two weeks

UNTV News   •   January 3, 2018

Dec 31, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis (10) defends during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) – The NBA’s leading scorer James Harden will miss at least two weeks with a left hamstring strain, the Houston Rockets said onMonday.

Harden suffered the injury while driving for a layup in the fourth quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The Rockets said he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Harden is averaging 32.3 points per game along with 9.1 assists and is a leading candidate for the league’s MVP Award.

Houston (26-9) have lost five of their last six games to fall to second in the Western Conference.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

Harden signs super-maximum extension deal with Rockets

UNTV News   •   July 10, 2017

FILE PHOTO: Feb 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) points to the sky against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Rockets won 127-118. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – James Harden and the Houston Rockets agreed on a four-year contract extension that reportedly is the richest in NBA history.

The contract is a super-maximum extension that will guarantee Harden $228 million through the 2022-23 season, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

“Houston is home for me,” Harden said in a statement released by the Rockets.

“(Owner Leslie Alexander) has shown he is fully committed to winning and my teammates and I are going to keep putting in the work to get better and compete for the title.”

Harden, runner-up for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award last season, has two years and $59 million left on his current contract. The four-year extension carries a value of $170 million.

The Rockets fast-tracked the Harden extension with the arrival of All-Star guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers, and reportedly are trying to complete a deal with the New York Knicks for eight-time All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

ith the mega-deal, Harden is taking advantage of new collective bargaining agreement rules that enable contract extensions for superstars. He became eligible to add four years to his deal after making the All-NBA team in May.

Harden is coming off a career-best season in which he averaged 29.1 points, a league-best 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game.

(Editing by Andrew Both)

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