The week started with the great debate in San Antonio and ended with a heartbreaking last-second loss to the Kings. In between, we saw Russell Westbrook finally start to find his place and Ben McLemore established himself as a bona fide key piece to the Rockets rotation. It was definitely a wild week.
Current Record 15-8 fifth in the Western Conference
Dec.3, 2019 135-133 Loss to the San Antonio Spurs
Last week started with the now much-debated and controversial double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Dec.3. A game where the Rockets led throughout before losing in double overtime. That was not the main story of this game where a dunk by James Harden in the third quarter was not counted by the referees and then was incorrectly stated to Mike DAntoni that he could not challenge the call.
The Rockets would file a protest and just yesterday the NBA ruled against the Rockets but discipline the three referees.
Dec.5, 2019 119-109 Win vs the Toronto Raptors
Coming into this game the Houston Rockets were expecting a completely different defense to slow down Harden. The Raptors double team Harden from the tip. The double team did slow down Harden shot attempts as he only got up 11 attempts but the other Rockets showed up in a big way to carry the load.
Ben McLemore led the Rockets with 28 points as he consistently knocked down 3-pointer after 3-pointer. Russell Westbrook finished with a triple-double even though his shots weren’t fallen. Even though Harden only took 11 shots he was still the main reason the Rockets won as he still managed 23 points and seven rebounds along with great defense on Pascal Siakam.
The Rockets finished 22-55 from downtown for 40 percent. They also were able to get key stops down the stretch which has always been an issue for them.
Dec.7 2019 115-109 Win vs the Phoenix Suns
In a game where Harden was only 8-27, Westbrook had his best game of the year. Westbrook finished 10-18 from the field and 24 points as he notched another triple-double. McLemore had another great shooting game finishing with 27 points and 5-9 from the downtown.
A disappointing start to the week
Dec.9, 2020 119-118 Loss to the Sacramento Kings
The Rockets have dominated the Kings over the years but after a big win vs the Dallas Mavericks the Kings came in on a high note. The game went back and forth all night as both teams continue to knock down 3-pointers. Westbrook continuing his strong play from the last couple of games gave the Rockets a late lead with a driving layup with one second left.
Unfortunately, the problem that plagued the Rockets all night reared its ugly head. The Kings with only one second left managed to get a wide-open 33 footer for Nemanja Bjelica when PJ Tucker inexplicably left him wide open. Giving the Kings the 119-118 win.
The Rockets (15-8) travel to Cleveland Dec 11th to face the Cavaliers. Then they face off vs the Magic, Pistons and next Monday rematch with the Spurs.
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