Rockets Eat Nuggets 130-104

posted by Andrew Pisano - 

Tonight was one of the most dominate performances of the season by the Rockets.  Houston led the entire game, mostly by double digits.  The Rockets were 46.3% from downtown, hitting 19 3-pointers.  The Nuggets couldn't keep up with the 3-ball, shooting 3-for-28 from beyond the arc. 

James Harden led the team in points like he usually does with 28.  He also had 11 assists and 7 rebounds, in just 27 minutes of play.  The Rockets had a 27-point lead going into the 4th, so there was no need to keep Harden in.  

Clint Capela scored 23 points as well as 25 rebounds, making this his most impressive Double-Double yet.  This is Capela's first 20-point/20-rebound game of his career, and the first time he's grabbed 25 boards in a single game.  "I expect that from him (Capela) almost every night," Mike D'Antoni said after the game.  "I mean he can do it, he's that good."

Chris Paul only played 22 minutes and scored 11 points while dishing out 7 assists.  

Gerald Green was 3rd in points for Houston, shooting 4-for-9 from downtown and scoring 16 points.  His most impressive shot came in the first quarter on a highly contested 3.  

Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon made their return tonight, both coming off the bench to combine for 21 points.  Mr. Anderson shot 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.  

The Rockets improved to 7 in a row, and will host the Mavericks Sunday night.  

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