As different as the Rockets were in many ways since seeing James Harden and the Nets, there are a few things that remain in the game
No matter what happens along the way, with a game on the line, TBD in the final minutes, the Rockets’ offense crumbles He did it again on Wednesday with the Rockets scoring seven points in the last 7 ½ minutes as the Nets pulled out, 120-108
Harden, in his second game against his former team, was limited to 27 minutes due to strain in his right hamstring, leaving the game in the third quarter with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists
The Nets had plenty of goals without him, Kyrie Irving scoring 31 points with 12 assists Joe Harris tallied 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and hit five points from 3 points in the second half, one more than the whole Rockets team
The Rockets built their 18-point first-half lead with a scorching long-distance start It didn’t look more likely to last than the Nets, the NBA’s top offensive team, failing to jump into the race
As you might expect, the two turned the tide of the game in the third quarter when the Nets had a 12-0 run to nearly one with three minutes left in the quarterback They briefly took their first lead of the match on a 3-point Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
The Rockets regained the lead but had only made 6 of 18 shots in the third quarter, just 1 in 10 at 3 points
The Rockets, however, recovered enough with DJ Augustin knocking down a pair of threes before setting Avery Bradley up for a layup.But the Rockets had yet to experience their usual fourth-quarter slump
That would come with the lead at six hours with 7.5 minutes remaining The Rockets missed their next five shots, missing three deep and two that Nic Claxton blocked when Joe Harris and Blake Griffin drained three consecutive runs , the Nets led by four with 4.5 minutes remaining
Harris completed a practice to make it a 12-0 Nets run before Porter missed a contested jumper, Rockets for sixth consecutive miss
Rockets coach Stephen Silas used a time out for the challenge – winning the challenge to reverse a foul inflicted on Danuel House Jr – to set up a lob from Porter to Wood in a 4:15 he drought. took Kyrie Irving 10 seconds to respond with a layup
By that point, the Rockets’ quick-start quick-fire was long gone, going from a 6 of 8 start from the 3-point line to 7 of 32 for the rest of the time.
The Rockets got off to a sensational attacking start and scored 68 points in the first half, the fifth game of the last seven in which they scored at least 60 points in the first half The Nets, however, can score with anyone There was no way the Rockets would run away from a hiding place
The Nets didn’t shoot much from the supporting cast around their superstar backcourt, but Harden and Irving combined for 35 points and 10 assists in the first half, even to narrow a lead from the Rockets who reached 18-68-57 at halftime
The Rockets, however, looked like a whole different squad than the eight-man squad they had when they first met the Nets. This was because they had an almost completely different lineup With John Wall coming out on Wednesday with fluid on his left knee, the Rockets only had two players – Jae’Sean Tate and Sterling Brown – who played in the previous game. against the Nets also playing on Wednesday
That previous game against Brooklyn was the last before Porter and Martin got G League calls, and Porter demonstrated why he’s become such a focal point of the Rockets’ rebuilding plans, of the plan to let him work. when with the Vipers moving to ship Victor Oladipo to open the minutes for Porter
After Danuel House Jr threw the Rockets up quickly, scoring nine points in the first four minutes, Porter finished the half on a roll, scoring nine of his 14 first-half points in the final eight minutes before half-time, while getting four assists without turnover
The Rockets also got 19 combined points in the half from centers Wood and Olynyk, two other players who were either absent or elsewhere in the previous meeting.
Yet, as transformed as the Rockets were, the Nets were not, offering a hint of how hard it was to hold this first half, and for the Rockets to continue on the stretch.
Jonathan Feigen has been the Rockets’ beat-maker since 1998 and a basketball enthusiast since before Willis Reed limped for Game 7 He became a sports writer because the reporter who was supposed to cover the University of Delaware basketball team decided to play one more season of college lacrosse and never looked back.
Feigen, who won APSE, APME, and United States Basketball Writers Association awards from El Campo in Houston, came to Texas in 1981 to cover the Rice Birds, was a sports writer at Garland before moving to Dallas to cover everything from the final Hooray from the South West Conference to SMU after the death penalty
After joining the Houston Chronicle in 1990, Feigen covered the demise of the SWC, the rise of the Big 12 and the Rockets to their best.
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