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Double technical on Ariza and Casspi for having a small scuffle. Would not expect that from either...
Ariza and Casspi nearly come to blows.
D-Mo steps out of bounds. First Rockets turnovers of game, 3 miunutes left in half. Rockets have been most turnover prone team in NBA.
Rockets just got their first turnover of the game - with 3:09 in the second quarter.
Rockets have really slowed down offensively since they started having to take the ball out of the net so often. Kings cut 22-pt lead in half
Joey Dorsey's highlight of the year (a basket and foul against DeMarcus Cousins)... and the refs waive it off.
Dorsey misses a layup and McHale immediately grabs his head with both hands.
Ariza was limping on his left foot a little but didn’t want to come out.
Rockets have assists on 17 of their 21 FGs with 5:52 left in half. Season high is 27.
The passing tonight by the Rockets has been phenomenal. Ariza's laser over the defense to Pap for a layup is the latest example. 52-33 HOU.
This is a very good Kings team the Rockets are facing, and they're destroying them out of the gate. Pap's got 4 dimes. 41-19 Rockets.
Most amazing part of that quarter? Boogie Cousins with more turnovers (3) than than FGs (1) or Rockets with 0 turnovers?
Rockets 37, Kings 19 after 1. Rockets match their season high for points in a quarter. Harden with 12p, 5a. Rockets shoot 60.9 %. Sac 9 tos.
What a quarter for James Harden: 12 points on 4-6 FG, 4-4 FT, 5 assists, 2 boards, a steal and a block. 37-19 Rockets after one.
Harden, Curry going back and forth for league lead in points scored or created off assists. Harden with 8p, 5a in 9 minutes.
Motiejunas has looked more relaxed, more poised for several games. He has nine in nine minutes tonight and several fine stops.
I'm going to say that's the best highlight of D-Mo's career. Behind the back on a break and then a behind the back pass to Harden for layup.
OH, D-MO! Motiejunas goes behind-the-back to Harden on the fast break. Fans LOVE it. Rockets up by 12, 28-16.
D-Mo already has 7 points after that corner three, and Harden with 6 points, 3 assists, a steal and a block. Rockets up 21-11 early.
Kings with 5 turnovers in a little more than 5 mins. Rockets, who ave most turnovers per game, with none. We know what Malone will discuss.
What will happen first? Harden 35 points or Rockets 35 3-pt attempts? Rockets probably need both to win.
James Harden with a steal and a block early. I'm guessing you won't see either in a viral animated GIF.
As mentioned in paper this a.m., going against NBA’s top offensive rebounding team, the Rockets 27th in defensive rebounding percentage.
Big kudos to a big voice. Middle schooler Nicholas Conners with one of best Anthems you will hear.
Can't without a cut to make roster room. Jonathan_Feigen is Earl Clark a PF?? if so why dint we call him up b4 the Lakers grabbed him
The middle school kid who just sang the National Anthem was legit! Very well done! Can he come back and sing at halftime please??
Jason Terry addressing crowd for Kid’s Night- telling the good folks here tonight “Happy Thanksgiving."
Rockets Vs. Kings tonight!!! Let's get another win
And for those that read into such things, McHale was joking when he gave Parsons the stiff arm.
Casspi, McHale exchanged a long hug after Casspi's pregame shooting. The Heisman stiff arm did not work on Parsons so McHale did not try it.
Kings’ Omri Casspi on his time in Houston last year: "They taught me how to play the game the right way so I will always be grateful."
McHale indicates he doesn't expect Howard or Beverley back Friday either. Will likely want a practice before either returns.
McHale sounds like a guy who doesn't expect Dwight, TJones or Beverley back anytime soon.
This isn't news, but since people keep asking, Dwight Howard, Pat Beverley, TJones still out; Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Dwight Howard and Pat Beverley are both out tonight vs. Sacramento.
Harden: “I just know I had to be aggressive. That’s it.” He finished with 36 pts, 6 rebs, 6 assets, 3 steals
The Rockets now have 19 straight wins over Eastern Conference teams at home.
Need to correct a stat. Harden scored or set up the Rockets' final 19 pts, scoring 12 and passing to Motiejunas for 2 layups, Ariza for a 3.
Trevor Ariza: “One thing about our team,something we’ve been showing is that no matter what’s going on in a game we don’t let it rattle us."
After matching his career-high with seven 3s tonight, Harden is 13 of 24 from distance in past 3 games. Was shooting 27.4 % in first 11 gms.
Amar'e Stoudemire: "James Harden was getting miraculous calls down the stretch, as if an angel came down and started calling calls for him."
Rockets were in good spirits in the locker room. Harden seems to entertain himself by saying the word "Papanikolaou".
FWIW, I think James Harden was playing sick tonight. I asked. After a pause he said, "I'm all right."
Carmelo Anthony is going to see a local doctor now to get pain meds they can’t keep at Toyota Center and then will fly with Knicks to Dallas
Another win! WAY TO GO ROCKETS!
Am still waiting for any update on Carmelo Anthony and his injury- Knicks PR staff working on that.
Carmelo Anthony won't be talking to media tonight - is still in a lot of pain.
McHale credited Ariza for sparking the Rockets with about 7 minutes left: "I thought Trevor really amped up the defense a lot."
Knicks were taking fouls in the final seconds. Did not get a call. Weird.
Oh, Harden's 36 points are a season-high. Has 22 in the second half.
That's 12 straight points scored by James Harden. Rockets have put this one away because of him.
Harden scored or set up all 16 Rockets points in the final 6 ½ minutes. Rockets went from down 3 to up 9.
Harden milks some clock, isolates, drives, gets fouled. He makes both free throws. Rockets are up seven, 89-82 w/ 1:13 left. Big play.
Harden shooting free throws to chants of “MVP"
Remember when James Harden was at 29 % 3-point shooting a week ago? He's 7 of 12 from the arc tonight. "MVP" chant starts with him at line.
Harden hitting 3's, making great passes, now going to the line. He's made all the difference. "MVP" chants begin. 87-82 Rockets, 3:07 left.
Rockets down by 1, thanks to a couple of nice Trevor Ariza plays, his 3 and a D-Mo shot.
Ariza hits a big three, picks two steals, then D-Mo scores inside and the Rockets are within one, 78-77, 6:34 left.
Rockets up to 17 tos, 11 in 2nd half w/ 8:50 still left. Offense awful when Harden is out, and he faces loads of defenders most possessions.
Turnovers killing the Rockets. Can't go without Harden any longer. 78-72 Knicks, 8:50 left.
Knicks now have their biggest lead, up on Rockets 78-72 with 8:50 left to play in the game.
Rockets, Knicks tied at 69 after 3, pending review of Wear jumper at shot clock. Rockets 8 tos in 3rd. Harden with 10 in q, teammates 8.
Knicks just flat outplaying the Rockets since Carmelo left. Tied at 69 heading to the fourth. Harden has 24 to lead Houston.
Dwight Howard is cracking up on the bench after Joey Dorsey misses a dunk. He is going to clown him for that one.
If Rockets win this one, Dorsey will get all kinds of crap for missing that dunk. Dwight, bench already looks ready to give it to him.
What a pass… really nice one from Papanikolaou to Harden, who finishes with the slam.
In nine possessions to start the second half, the Rockets have taken 1 shot inside the arc, an airball. Have taken 3 3s and had 5 tos.
Rockets open the second half with turnover, turnover, turnover. Knicks run up to 13-0 and lead, 52-51.
Shane Larkin starts the second half in a backcourt with Calderon. Shumpert moves to the 3. Canaan is back for the Rockets.
Carmelo Anthony questionable to return with back spasms.
Ariza, Harden and Terry watched the Knicks in warmups for a few minutes. Looked like they were looking for Carmelo. no sign (or word) yet.
Carmelo Anthony left with back spasms and is questionable to return.
Rockets were pulling away, up 12 after Melo left. Knicks end half on 7-0 run. Rockets up 51-46.
HALF: Rockets 51, Knicks 46. Knicks made a late run to trim Houston's 12-pt lead to 5. Harden has 14. Melo left the game with an injury.
Carmelo Anthony heads to the locker room. Didn’t look good.
Anthony heads to the locker room very, very slowly.
Carmelo Anthony hurt, heading to the locker room.