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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.
Carmelo Anthony doubled over. Knicks call a time out. He struggled before previous time out, but this looks much worse.
Anthony, Harden both with 14. Next highest scorers: Canaan and Black with 7 each. Hmmm. Those guys could've been on same team, right?
Terry checks in for Canaan. Canaan seems OK. Wasn't get much attention during the time out, but obviously w Beverley out would be huge loss.
Terry in for Canaan, who has been clutching his back since the collision with Acy.
Tarik Black looks hurt, is down on the court getting looked at by trainer Keith Jones.
Canaan still clearly hurting. He reaches to his back as soon as McHale calls time out, struggles to the bench.
He's OK, but shaken up a bit. Was called for the foul, too.
Isaiah Canaan is slow to get up after a collision with Acy. He seems ok.
Isaiah Canaan down after a collision with Acy as they chased a loose ball.
Rockets take their biggest lead of the night with a Francisco Garcia 3-pointer. They lead 39-30.
D-Mo has looked much more under control past 2 games. Was rebounding, defending OK. Now seems to be settling down as starter w/ Jones out.
Real nice post move by D-Mo. He got Jason Smith to go one way and D-Mo went the other. Rockets back up eight, 36-28.
Harden scored or set up 18 of Rockets 27 points in first quarter. As always with Dwight out, test comes when he sits.
Rockets lead 27-26 after one. Harden has 11 points & 3 assists, Canaan added 7.
At the end of the first quarter, the Rockets lead the Knicks 27-26. And a lot more fans have showed up.
Rockets top-rated defense has not been best in the room. NY shoots 57.9 % on one end, block 5 shots on other. Rockets up 1 after 1 anyway.
Isaiah Canaan looks good early. Just hit an 18-footer on an isolation play with a defender in his face. 20-14 Rockets.
Rockets vs. Knicks in Game 14. Twenty-one years ago, almost to the day, Rockets vs. Knicks was Game 15 of Rockets win streak to open season.
James Harden took the mic and gave a speech to fans after the Dallas game - said the Rockets need them here. Guess they missed that.
Sparse crowd so far at the Toyota Center. Maybe everyone just running late...
Mostly cheers, with a few rebuttal boos, for Carmelo Anthony in the intros.
Asked what he remembers about playing the Rockets here in Houston, said Derek Fisher: "Success."
Knicks coach Derek Fisher was asked about what he remembers about playing over the years against the Rockets. His response: 'Success.'
Beverley has missed 6 of 13 games so far. A lot falls to Canaan, Terry now.
Pat Beverley out 3rd time this season with hamstring vs Knicks. Kevin McHale expects him to be sidelined longer this time
McHale was asked if Beverley would be out longer since this is the third problem with the same hamstring- said he probably would.
This is the third time Beverley has gone out with hamstring issues. Began in second game of the year.
Isaiah Canaan is starting in place of Pat Beverley tonight.
Asked if Beverley will be out longer this time since it's his third hamstring injury, said McHale: "I'm sure (he) will be."
McHale 'sure' Beverley will be out longer this time. No timetable.
As expected Isaiah Canaan starts at the point for Rockets with Beverley out.
Isaiah Canaan officially starting tonight.
Nick Johnson was called up from the RGV Vipers today.
Rockets announce they have recalled rookie Nick Johnson from the D-League.
I should add I dont blame Manziel if he didn't wanna hug a random fan. Could be weird. But there's a better way to handle things, entourage.
Just read about the Manziel entourage news. Whatever happened, there's a way to handle fans quietly or get Manziel away from the scene ASAP.