Jonathan Feigen

Free agent forward Josh Smith to sign with the Rockets a person with knowledge of the decision said.

Jonathan Feigen

McHale was also happy to see a 6-9, lefthanded PF working out today. Terrence Jones. Who did you think? (He was on an alter-G treadmill.)

Jonathan Feigen

McHale said extension talk took about two hours. He called Alexander last night to thank him, but said was not worried

Jenny Dial Creech

Kevin McHale agrees to three-year extension with Rockets blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Daryl Morey

Very excited about Coach McHale's extension. He is the winningest coach in Rockets history and knows what it takes to win championships

Jonathan Feigen

One more from Alexander: "Players love him. He has that rare ability to be straight-forward, honest and tough. Almost nobody can do that."

Jonathan Feigen

Alexander continued: "He is a no-nonsense guy with the least ego of anybody I’ve ever met. We thought he’d be great long-term."

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander on McHale: "We didn’t want anybody else going after him. We think he’s an integral part of the organization."

Jonathan Feigen

With a 3-year extension McHale , would be the longest serving coach under Leslie Alexander since Rudy Tomjanovich.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets coach Kevin McHale to receive a 3-year extension, source confirms.

Donatas Motiejunas

Gražaus Kūčių vakaro! Būkit sveiki ir laimingi!!! Cristmas Eve! Stay happy and healthy!!! http://t.co/NPcwiXuQdI

Howard Chen

Bullock is the 1st #Texans player since Jacoby Jones in 2009 to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Howard Chen

Bullock had six field goals last Sunday. That qualifies as a good day. #Texans

Howard Chen

One bright spot about my morn as I do my @SportsRadio610 updates is hearing @DAonCBS on too w/ the CBS Sports Minute. @WAERSports reunion =)

Isaiah Canaan

Wow!! Made my day RT @MikkiDurst: First NBA jersey #houstonrockets #isaiahcanaan Successful Christmas so far! @Isaiah Canaan youtu.be/t0SBBafMI3E

Fran Blinebury

In case you missed his playoff dagger against Rockets in May. Damian Lillard just showed OKC a replay.

Jason Terry

Much love to NBA moms in the community doing their part to give back #NBAmomsCare sqor.com/posts/12a1472c… http://t.co/gPhmXVuode

David Hardisty

James Harden #NBABallot http://t.co/py7E2XhBFF

Jenny Dial Creech

Corey Brewer likes being on same side as James Harden blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

McHale called Brewer a “breath of fresh air.” “He plays without agenda,” he said.

Jenny Dial Creech

Corey Brewer on playing with James Harden: "It’s great to be on his team. I would much rather be on his team than the opposite side."

Jenny Dial Creech

Corey Brewer said he didn’t expect his transition to Rockets to be so easy, “But you get out there with these guys, and they make it easy."

Jenny Dial Creech

Howard also said the couple of days of rest (Rockets are practicing but don’t play till Friday) is like a “Christmas gift” for the old guys.

Jenny Dial Creech

Howard said he would like to see he and his teammates be “man enough” to tell coach when they need to come out of the game to take a break.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard said there were several injuries this season on Rockets that came simply from fatigue.

Jonathan Feigen

Zach Randolph and Tony Allen listed as questionable for Friday vs. Rockets.

Rockets Power Dancers

Big thank you to everyone who is STILL sharing the RPD version of Beyonce's 7/11 video! 28,800 views! Keep sharing! YouTube.com/HoustonRockets…

Rockets Power Dancers

Hey Red Nation! How's everyone's day going?

Howard Chen

Pretty interesting #Rockets and #JoshSmith talk right now by Kurt Helin @Kurt Helin on @SportsRadio610. #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard to Josh Smith: 'This would be a great place for you' blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Howard Chen

CSN Houston reunion on the radio lol. @SteveBunin just got done hosting a show on @SportsRadio610. I'm here doing afternoon sports updates!

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight wouldn't share Josh Smith's response- said we would have to wait and see.

Jenny Dial Creech

Dwight Howard said he has been in Josh Smith's ear a little bit already. Said he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

Jonathan Feigen

Your five next-day thoughts on Rockets 110, Blazers 95: blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

David Hardisty

Podcast: @moisekapenda and I discuss Houston's win over Portland, Brewer's debut & the looming Josh Smith signing. rockets.clutchfans.net/8027/rockets-c…

Jonathan Feigen

Also former coach. MT @Nick_Mathews: With help from former Rockets center John Egan, more than coffee brewing here. houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-t…

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight Howard continued: "A guy like him and myself in the paint, it would be tough for guys to get in there and try to score.”

Jonathan Feigen

ICYMI, Dwight Howard on his buddy, soon to be free agent Josh Smith: "“He would be a good piece. He would fit right in. ..."

Isaiah Canaan

Safe travels RT @tylermicheaux: I just said hi to Isaiah cannon @Isaiah Canaan

Jonathan Feigen

Harden, however, said it was not about last year. "“Last year? Nah, what happened the last two games. Last year, we can't control that."

Jonathan Feigen

Dwight: "It was a big weight off (Harden's) back because of what happened in the playoffs against Portland. Tonight he just destroyed them.”

David Hardisty

Post-game interviews with James Harden and Corey Brewer. bit.ly/1sSyVuO

David Hardisty

McHale very clear both Brewer, Shved "will be in our rotation." Brewer obviously, but I'm a little surprised on Shved so soon.

Jonathan Feigen

Brewer: "Everyone played free and together. I've been a tm the last couple yrs where if you miss that 1st 1 it's tough to shoot the next 1."

Jenny Dial Creech

Corey Brewer, Alexey Shved finally report for duty with Rockets blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets guard Jason Terry joins exclusive list of long-range shooters blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

Jenny Dial Creech

James Harden matches season-high of 44 points as Rockets roll past Blazers blog.chron.com/ultimaterocket…

David Hardisty

Damian Lillard: "(Rockets) are an improved team. They have Brewer and Ariza, who bring a lot of energy... That makes them a lot better."

Jenny Dial Creech

Corey Brewer after first night as a Rocket: "That is why they brought me here. I bring energy. I come off the bench and that’s what I do."

David Hardisty

Harden said it's like Brewer is "off the leash now," free to play his game. "That's what we need, kind of instant energy off the bench."

Jason Terry

Living my Dream everyday To God be the Glory #chasingReggie #Mr2k sqor.com/posts/4db4fd3b… http://t.co/vH6093gmoD

Rockets Power Dancers

ROCKETS WIN! Happy holidays Red Nation!

David Hardisty

McHale on Harden: "Needless to say, he played wonderfully."

Howard Chen

#RedNation, plz give a big bday shout to @chrislord22. Has done a TREMENDOUS job entertaining fans at #Rockets games. http://t.co/akDGihb1Q4

David Hardisty

FINAL: Rockets 110, Blazers 95. Harden goes bonkers (44p-7a-5stl), Brewer (12p-4a-5stl) debuts strong and Houston ends their skid.

Jenny Dial Creech

I’m always happy about the Toyota Center playing Michael Jackson #PYT

Howard Chen

Alexey Shved's first #Rockets hoop, y'all...

David Hardisty

Final line for @James Harden: 44 points on 14-26 FG, 7 assists, 5 steals in just 32 minutes of play. #NBABallot

Jonathan Feigen

Harden missed a 3-pointer for his career high. That'll do it. He checks out with 3:57 left, Rockets up 21. Harden had 44p, 7a, 5 steals.

Jonathan Feigen

Interesting that Joey Dorsey moved ahead of Tarik Black in Rockets' rotation. Rockets hope to have to move someone soon to add Josh Smith.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden tacks on a step-back, one-legged Dirk jumper . Has matched his season-high with 44.

Jonathan Feigen

Blazers cut lead to 16 with 6 1/2 left. Harden return to the game with 42 points in 31 mins. Beverley back with Lillard checking in.

Jenny Dial Creech

Trail Blazers put Lillard back in and right after, Beverley and Harden check back in.

David Hardisty

Harden's coming back in.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden might not get back in. Rockets up 19 with 8 1/2 left. He already has his NBA-high third 40-point game and NBA-high 10th 10 ft game.

David Hardisty

Rockets season-high in steals in a game is 5 (Joey Dorsey). Both James Harden and Corey Brewer have that many each tonight.

Howard Chen

Something to keep in mind: The Blazers' most lopsided loss this season before tonight was 13 points. #RedNation

Jonathan Feigen

Nice touch, by the way, playing Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" after the Terry announcement.

Jenny Dial Creech

Reggie Miller and Ray Allen are only other two players to reach 2,000 career 3-pointers.

Howard Chen

Annnnnnd 5 steals too. #craycray RT @Michael Lee: James Harden has 42 pts, 7 assts & 5 rebs in just 3Qs!?!?!?!

Jonathan Feigen

Standing ovation for Jason Terry on announcement that he is third NBA player ever with 2,000 3-pointers. (Not all tonight.)

David Hardisty

Jason Terry gets a standing ovation as they announce that three was the 2000th of his career, only third player in NBA history w/ that many.

Jenny Dial Creech

Jason Terry is now just the third player in NBA history to hit 2,000 three-pointers in his career.

Jonathan Feigen

Brewer with 5 steals in 16 minutes in his 1st game with Rockets and a swat of a Lillard drive. Hhope I can work Harden into my game story.

Jenny Dial Creech

Heading to the fourth quarter, Rockets lead 96-76 over Trail Blazers.

David Hardisty

Brewer with his fifth steal of the night, then finds Jason Terry for a 26-foot bomb. 96-76 Rockets through three.

Jonathan Feigen

Papanikolaou has been a fine addition, but he is not making team that traded him have any regrets tonight. Then again neither has Robinson.

Jenny Dial Creech

Make that five steals for Corey Brewer.

David Hardisty

This is the third 40+ point performance of season for Harden (leads the NBA). It's the 8th 40+ point night of his career.

Jenny Dial Creech

42 points for James Harden after he just hit his fourth 3-pointer. It’s not even the fourth quarter yet.

David Hardisty

After a 14-3 Blazers run cut Houston's lead to 14, Rockets bump it back up to 21. Harden's got FORTY-TWO.

Howard Chen

Harden's crossover moves + D-Mo's post moves in the same possession = amazeballs. #RedNation

Jenny Dial Creech

Beverley just picked up his fourth foul.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets always have one quarter where they let up. It’s this one tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets holding onto a lead despite a small Blazers run. Rox still lead by 14 with 4:58 to play in the 3rd.

Howard Chen

Harden tonight is simply bananas.

Jonathan Feigen

Matthews hit with a flagrant-1 foul on Motiejunas.

Jonathan Feigen

Wesley Matthews with a tackle so good Arian Foster looked impressed. Actually, he did not change expressions, but he might be impressed.

Jonathan Feigen

Blazers completely swarming to Harden off the dribble to start the second half. Guess I could have assumed that before they did.

Jonathan Feigen

In addition to his 31-point half, Harden has a season-high five steals, two shy of his career high, and five assists.

Jonathan Feigen

Harden came within six points of Vernon Maxwell's franchise record for points in a half. On pace to top Calvin's record for a game, 57.

Jonathan Feigen

Rockets up 73-53 at half. Their previous most points in a half was 62. In the opener. And that was against the Lakers so it barely counts.

Jenny Dial Creech

If James Harden is on your fantasy team, you are going to win tonight.

Jenny Dial Creech

Rockets lead Trail Blazers 73-53 at halftime.

Howard Chen

Harden at the buzzer to close out the first half. I mean, what'd you expect, right? Wow. 31 pts, 5 assists, 5 stls in A HALF. #RedNation