Knicks Vs Rockets: James Harden’s 28 Guides Rockets To OT Victory

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Knicks vs Rockets: James Harden scored 26 points, albeit on a poor 10/28 shooting, as the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 116-111 in a thrilling overtime game Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.


Harden had multiple opportunities to close out the game in regulation. With 0:35 left, he missed a 26-foot three-pointer. After Marcus Thornton’s 3-pointer helped Rockets tie the game at 101, Harden missed another 19-foot jumper to win the game. In OT, too, Harden made only one successful layup but his teammates hit shots at critical moments.

The turning point came when Trevor Ariza hit a three to tie the game with 1:14 left in regulation. The Rockets erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit through the shooting of Thornton and Ariza.

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The Rockets (7-10) have won every time Harden has surpassed 40 points “He’s gotta be aggressive, and he’s gotta take what’s there, but we can’t count on him to score 50 points every night and win,” interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said prior to the game.

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Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 31 points , 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kristaps Porzingis, the rookie sensation, played a career-high 41 minutes for his 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. The 8-10 Knicks were without superstar, Carmelo Anthony, who sat of the game with an illness. Lance Thomas, who started in place of Anthony, finished with 15 points.

The Rockets bounced back with a 32-24 fourth quarter effort after the Knicks led for most of the game. Clint Capela continued to impress as the new starting Center, outshining superstar big man Dwight Howard with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals and a block.