The Houston Rockets Start the Western Conference Semi-Finals off with a Bang
The Houston Rockets won the first game of the Western Conference Semi-finals on the road against the San Antonio Spurs 126-99.
No, they didn’t win because of a fluke or because of what the Spurs didn’t do. The Rockets won because of what they did do and what they have been capable of doing all along.
Six Rockets players (Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, James Harden, and Louis Williams) ended the night in double-digits. A franchise record was set as the Rockets made 22 of 50 3-point attempts. 12 of those 3-pointers were launched into the eye of the net before halftime.
At the half, the Rockets led by 30. That margin grew to 39 before settling at 27.
James Harden had a great night, having 14 assists and scoring 20 points. Everyone’s shots were falling in. It looked like a completely different team from the Rockets that faced Oklahoma City Thunder. While they got the best of OKC, it came down to them “finding another way to win.” The Rockets won this first game against the Spurs the old fashioned way… a fast-paced, relentless defense, with everyone’s shots finding their way in.
When asked about the win, Harden said, “It’s one win. It’s a good win for us. We have to get ready for game two. It’s a great basketball club over here. Lots of experience, so we got to be ready for a fight…”
The Rockets have a tough road ahead of them but with this group of guys, a Championship could be on the horizon.