Rockets 137, Jazz 110 - Harden's Brilliance Tunes Out the Jazz

That James Harden fella is pretty good at basketball, huh?

In a brilliant performance in front of the Houston faithful, ‘The Beard’ was just one point shy of breaking Calvin Murphy’s single game record for points scored when he was subbed out to call it a night. Harden scored 56 points on an incredibly efficient 25 shots. His 76% shooting included seven made threes on eight attempts, and would’ve been much higher had he not forced three shots early in the fourth quarter in his quest to break the record.

Alas, Harden couldn’t break the record. Instead, he delivered a rather easy victory against one of the better defenses in basketball. In addition to his scoring frenzy, he also dished out 13 assists and held onto a plus-minus of +25. Needless to say, tonight’s game ball goes to Calvin Murphy, who only held onto his record because the Rockets beat the Jazz by 27 points.

The Rockets offense was clicking on all cylinders, thanks to Harden setting the tone. Eric Gordon continued to defend his Sixth Man of the Year crown with 20 points, Trevor Ariza scored 14, and Nene chipped in 13 off the bench. The Rockets as a whole hit 23 threes on a 100% totally, completely sustainable 59% shooting.

In the end, the Rockets picked up another victory and, more importantly, more rhythm with Chris Paul still sidelined with a knee bruise. The Rockets have faced a pretty easy schedule so far, and will have a full three days off before taking on LeBron James and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night on TNT.

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