The Houston Rockets are now on a 12-game winning streak
During the last few seasons, the Houston Rockets were one of the inconsistent teams in the league. They had Dwight Howard to team up with James Harden which didn't produce a championship. Last season, the Rockets bowed down to the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games of the West's semifinals. While many people were questioning James Harden's lack of capability to lead his team, we all know if given the right teammates, James Harden can make the fans of Houston proud.
And that's exactly what is happening right now. Alongside his new backcourt partner, Chris Paul, James Harden is now leading the Houston Rockets to brand new heights as they are riding on their 12-game winning streak after a big victory over fellow Texas team, the San Antonio Spurs, 124-109. That win improved the NBA's best record to 23-4.
So what enabled the Rockets to win their 12th straight game? Below are the numbers:
The Chris Paul Effect Continues
Like it or not, Chris Paul's capability to play the point guard position like a god is doing the wonders for James Harden and company. The beauty of it, the Rockets are perfect this season when Chris Paul is playing- averaging 17 points per game. Against the Spurs, CP3 scored 28 points, 8 assists and 7 STEALS. Now that's a point guard, folks.
Balanced Offense from Starters
The Spurs' starting unit was outplayed all throughout the game. The Rockets' starting 5 combined for 97 of the Rockets' 124 points. Aside from the 28 points each of James Harden and Chris Paul respectively, Clint Capela contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds while Ryan Anderson and Trevor scored 12 and 11 respectively.
On the other side, only LaMarcus Aldridge (16 points) and Kawhi Leonard (12 points) were the lone starters of the Spurs who scored in double figures.
One of the reasons why the Rockets were able to run away to another victory was the fact that they started the game by scoring 31 big points in the first quarter alone while limiting the Spurs to 16 points.
Will the Rockets continue their streak? As of posting time, they are up against the Milwaukee Bucks. Can they extend their streak to 13? That's up to their backcourt duo.