Rockets’ James Harden, PJ Tucker have 53 points with only 1 two-pointer vs. Nuggets
The Houston Rockets earned another impressive win as they took down the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets 125-113. James Harden and PJ Tucker combined for 53 points in the win, but what’s more impressive is that all except one of their field goals came from beyond the arc.
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Harden had another impressive outing, scoring 32 points on 7-for-18 shooting and 6-for–15 from deep. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out 14 assists. Tucker had 21 points while shooting 7-for-11, all from distance. He also had four steals.
Clint Capela also had a superb performance for the Rockets with 31 points and nine boards.
The Rockets have now won eight of their last ten games.
The Nuggets got 24 points and 13 rebounds from Nikola Jokic, while sophomore guard Monte Morris added 21 points and five assists off the bench. Gary Harris and Paul Millsap returned to the starting lineup tonight but combined for just 19 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the field.
The Rockets’ improved play continued against the Nuggets, who were unable to stop their three-point barrage all game. Houston made 22 of 47 triples. Meanwhile, Denver shot horribly from the 3-point line, making only seven in 29 attempts.
Despite an impressive stat line, Jokic had a hard time guarding Capela, who had a dunk fest in the game. He was also unable to break Houston’s defense, as their double teams forced the big man to commit eight turnovers.
The two teams will meet two more times in the regular season. The Rockets will visit the Nuggets on February 2, then they will visit Denver once again on March 29.
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