On the morning of February 25, 2020, , the NBA regular season continued.
The Houston Rockets sit at home and usher in the challenge of the Eastern underdog New York Knicks. There is a huge gap in strength between the two teams in this game.
Coupled with the consideration of the recent state (the Rockets have won three games in a row, and the Knicks have lost three games in a row), the Houston Rockets are bound to win.
In the last game, the Rockets’ double MVP combination played an eye-catching performance, and both played at a very high level.
For Harden’s side, he made 13 of 23 shots, including 6 of 11 three-pointers, scored 38 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists, and his shooting percentage was as high as 56.5%.
On Westbrook’s side, he made 14 of 26 shots, including 2 of 4 three-pointers, and scored 34 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
It is worth mentioning that the new Rockets aid Covington continued to show his comprehensiveness.
Scored 8 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks. The double MVP combination and Covington were really invincible. They directly defeated the Utah Jazz.
Defeated the Utah Jazz with a strong inside line by 10 points.
The Rockets are in full swing, and the Knicks have lost consecutively.
At the beginning of the game, Harden scored the team’s first point for the Rockets, and then made consecutive defensive counterattacks. Covington made a three-pointer and shot through the heart to expand the lead. The Knicks were forced to call a timeout.
Then the Knicks seized the opportunity to counterattack and gradually approached the score with a simple fast break layup. Fortunately, after Gordon made an offensive foul, Harden stepped back and made a three-pointer.
This is not over yet. After a short operation outside the three-point line, Harden directly shook the defender to the ground, and then hit a three-pointer. The atmosphere on the scene boiled instantly.
The Knicks were not demoralized, but instead used the Rockets’ weakness to focus on the inside.
Obviously received very good results, coupled with Harden’s 2 consecutive turnovers, the Knicks seized the hard-won opportunity, after Barrett hit a three-pointer, the Knicks went ahead by 1 point, and the Rockets were forced to call down
After returning from the timeout, the Rockets hit the basket continuously and overtook the score.
The Knicks played steadily and worked hard on the defensive end. They didn’t give the Rockets too many opportunities. At the end of the first quarter, the Rockets only led the Knicks by 2 points.
As soon as the second quarter came up, the Rockets scored 2 consecutive three-pointers into the net. The Knicks failed to respond, and the point difference came to double digits. The head coach was forced to call a timeout.
After a timeout, the Knicks made a three-pointer, breaking the scoring drought, and then scored another two points with a strong inside shot. With the three-pointer again, the point difference came to single digits again.
The Rockets’ three-point shooting rate dropped significantly. The Knicks’ tactical execution was very clear, and they continued to hit the basket to exert pressure. The point difference was only 4 points.
Fortunately, Harden stood up and used his signature move to step back and hit the net with a three-pointer. Then he broke through and made a layup to stabilize morale, and the point difference came to 9 points.
Harden made consecutive breakthroughs for layups, and also made three-pointers easily, and the point difference continued to widen.
It was difficult for the Knicks to respond. At the end of halftime, the Rockets entered the intermission with a 72:57 lead of 15 points at home.
In terms of statistics: Barrett made 6 of 9 shots in the half and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists; Randall had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, and Portis had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist.
Harden made 12 of 16 shots in the half, including 4 of 5 three-pointers, scoring 31 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Gordon had 8 points and 2 assists; Covington had 8 points and 5 rebounds; McClemore had 11 points and 2 assists.
Rebounds; Jeff Green 7 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist.
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