Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Brooklyn Nets (17-8) play against the Houston Rockets (16-16) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday December 8, 2021

Brooklyn Nets 104, Houston Rockets 114 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Best game of Josh Christopher’s young career for Houston. Kept it simple, but made some big plays later in the game, including an enormous alley oop finish for the exclamation point. Some movement 3s. Thought he played well on defense. 18 points on 7-7 from the field. pic.twitter.com/GgiaiQB3wF1:45 AM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
A homecoming overshadowed and a jubilant win: Takeaways from Rockets’ victory over Nets houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 1:35 AM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Probably already been tweeted a dozen times, but still: Brandon Boston joins Eric Gordon and Lamar Odom as the only players in franchise history to score at least 27 points at age 20 or younger, per team. – 1:30 AM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets make a statement in dispatching Nets for seventh straight win ift.tt/3ybp25a1:18 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Per the Clips: Brandon Boston Jr. joins Eric Gordon and Lamar Odom as the only Clippers 20 or younger to score at least 27 points. – 1:08 AM
Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Never change. NEVER!!!!!!!! Unapologetically C-Mills 4-Life ✊🏽❤️🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/9MRuLjxBPP12:47 AM

Dan Savage @Dan_Savage
Regardless of outcome, this will go down as the most points the @Orlando Magic have scored and allowed all season. Prior highs: allowed (129 v ATL), scored (116 v HOU). – 12:18 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Brandon Boston Jr. standing over Grant Williams after the charge call: “Come on bro.”
Replay shows Boston’s elbow didn’t hit the Celtic’s face. – 12:08 AM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“These are guys that you looked up to since you were 8-9 years old that are giving you confidence…it’s an amazing dynamic. I truly am grateful to have landed here to start off my career. Hopefully we make it a home.”
-Nets David Duke Jr. on playing with superstar vets pic.twitter.com/0QNGa5Tbsq11:26 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher: “I’ve had a lot of great birthdays, but I don’t think anything compares to this one.” – 11:23 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Christopher says he’s had a lot of good birthdays but this is the best – 11:23 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
James Harden told Josh Christopher that he was proud of him. – 11:23 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher on his confidence level: “I’m a very confident player already. Nobody can ever take that from me.” – 11:22 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Christopher said Rafael Stone told him he’d be guarding the NBA’s best players, so he expected to be defending James Harden tonight – 11:21 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher on this performance on his birthday: “Perfect. It was perfect.”
Christopher’s family was in attendance. – 11:20 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher on guarding James Harden: “When I first got drafted here, [Rafael] Stone told me I’m going to guard the best players. So, I’m up for that challenge.” – 11:20 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Josh Christopher on his 20th birthday: “Perfect. Perfect day.” – 11:19 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“It’s easy to play with him. You just try and find your openings and he will find you.”
⁃David Duke Jr. on playing with James Harden. – 11:19 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They all had the best of the best in their careers — All of them want to see the young guys win … It’s not like that on every team.”
⁃David Duke Jr. on the veterans on the Brooklyn Nets. – 11:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Garrison Mathews came up big offensively and defensively, checked James Harden, keyed the run to put the run away. But he also had another zero.
In 11 games with the Rockets, he has had 0 turnovers in 10 of them. – 11:17 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Christian Wood on if he thinks he could be an All-Star this season: “Yeah, I do. If we keep winning, we keep doing what we’re doing, I think that’s the next step.” – 11:16 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood on if he can make an All-Star game this year: “If we keep winning, I believe that’s the next step.” – 11:16 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Even in a loss, David Duke couldn’t help but smile when asked about his first NBA action. Said he had an idea he could play tonight. – 11:15 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“Just maximizing the minutes that I’m given.”
⁃David Duke Jr. on his mentality. – 11:15 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Mathews brought the energy and the buckets! 😤 pic.twitter.com/m1IFXJ5XsS11:15 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I can’t enjoy it too much because I really wanted to win.”
⁃David Duke Jr. on playing well in his first NBA game. – 11:14 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood: “Garrison Mathews continues to show up for us. The steal on James and the three. He just has to keep playing and keep shooting the ball like he’s doing.” – 11:14 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood says he was talking back and forth with James Harden the entire night. – 11:13 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood on if there was extra motivation tonight: “A little bit just cus it’s James.” – 11:12 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“No that’s my game before I got here. I always did stuff like that. Of course you see [Kyrie], you ask him questions, but I always had that. That’s my game really. I been doing that since I was a baby for real.”
#Nets Cam Thomas was asked if he picked up some moves from Kyrie pic.twitter.com/IRzsjIQFdj11:09 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews on his personal motivation: “My family. Where I’ve came from. It’s been a tough road to get here. I’m just thankful to get this opportunity.” – 11:07 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews on playing with Armoni Brooks: “We’re both underdogs. When we play well, it’s a great feeling. To think where we came from and to get to this point.” – 11:06 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
“It’s a fun brand basketball to coach, it’s fun brand basketball to watch. The atmosphere here tonight was great.” – #Rockets HC Stephen Silas on the team as they win their 7th game in a row overall & their 6th in a row at home. @SportsTalk79011:05 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews on Silas trusting him to guard James Harden: “It’s huge. I told Jae’Sean to get him when I first got in the game but he had five fouls so I was like ‘I got him” – 11:04 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews on the MVP chants: “It felt good. It’s great feeling when you win 7 in a row, especially against a team like that. James Harden is one of the most iconic players of all time.” – 11:03 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Cam Thomas says,
“We wasn’t scoring really. We had our runs.” – 11:01 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Cam Thomas says,
“We dug ourselves too big of a hole.” – 11:00 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
It was 98-94 when James Harden missed a 3-point attempt. Asked if the outcome might’ve been different if he’d made it, Harden said “Obviously. If I make any of those shots, it’s a different ballgame.” #Nets10:57 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden had twice as many turnovers (8) as field goals (4-of-16). He went into the teeth of a packed-in #Rockets defense all game, coming off 42 minutes logged last night in Dallas. It showed. #Nets10:56 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas accidentally called Josh Christopher 19 before being corrected by the media:
“We only have four 19-year-olds now. What am I going to do? [He’s a] grizzled vet.” – 10:54 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas says he gave Garrison Mathews the James Harden assignment on defense in reaction to how hard he was playing tonight.
Says he would like to build off of this with Mathews moving forward. – 10:51 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“There’s a lot of bright days ahead. These are the grind-out days. You just have to stay with it. This is where you forge the fire right now. The losses are painful, but the beauty is in the journey of staying together.” – James Borrego
#AllFly | @HusqvarnaUSA10:51 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden says he got the shots he wanted but they just didn’t fall. Harden shot 4-of-16 from the field and 3-of-12 from downtown and missed a shot that could have made it a 1-point game down the stretch. – 10:48 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets make a statement in dispatching Nets for seventh straight win houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 10:48 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
“Gary Bird stole the ball!”
.@ca_rockets called Garrison Mathews “Gary Bird” and then he did this to James Harden. Too good. pic.twitter.com/v5waK1IFWO10:47 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas says he’s never worried with Garrison Mathews’ shooting but was impressed with his defense on Harden down the stretch. – 10:47 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden gives respect to David Duke Jr. for playing so hard tonight. – 10:46 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden says,
“I got the shots that I wanted for sure, just didn’t make them.” – 10:46 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden confesses that it’s frustrating to try and win tonight after playing 40+ minutes yesterday while also being short-handed. – 10:45 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR @MavsPR
Reggie Bullock went 4-6 from deep tonight, tying his season high for 3FGM (10/26/21 vs. HOU).
Bullock finished with 15 points and 4 assists in the win, and Dallas improved to 4-0 when Bullock scores 12+ points. pic.twitter.com/9jbaVvlWTS10:45 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas on Josh Christopher: “It was great. Both ends really. He’s been working on his game day in and day out. There’s been times where he thought he wasn’t going to get a chance.” – 10:44 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They earned those minutes and we needed it.”
⁃Steve Nash on Cam Thomas and David Duke Jr. – 10:40 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash praises David Duke Jr. for his performance and believes he has a future in the league. – 10:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden greeted several of his former teammates after the game including Christian Wood. John Lucas hugged him, too. – 10:38 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
During the #Rockets 7-game winning streak, Houston has beaten the top 2 teams in the East (Nets, Bulls). The 3rd best team in the East (Bucks) visit Toyota Center on Friday night. – 10:38 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
ROCKETS WIN!!!!! 🚀
@att | #LightTheFuse pic.twitter.com/XvxWWmypGJ10:37 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
James Harden walks off the floor after the Rockets beat the Nets 114-104 pic.twitter.com/vwEoKv7qCX10:37 PM

Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
SEVEN STRAIGHT GUYS WE REALLY ARE STREAKING ROCKETS WIN!!!!!!!!!! – 10:37 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 114, Nets 104. Rockets seventh-consecutive win. Josh Christopher with 18 on his birthday, leaves with a hug from Harden, who similarly chatted with Martin, Tate, Augustin and Wood. Mathews with 19. A few weeks ago, they were Vipers. – 10:36 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
The Houston Rockets are now only 26 wins away from the longest NBA winning streak ever. – 10:36 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The Rockets have won 7 in a row. They may never lose again. This one has to be quite satisfying – 10:35 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Houston Rockets have now won seven straight games. – 10:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
FINAL: Nets 104, Rockets 114
James Harden (25 PTS, 11 REBS, 8 ASTS), Cam Thomas (16 PTS) & the Nets trailed by as many as 20, but fought back to get the deficit to 4 in the fourth. The momentum wasn’t sustainable though because of a lack of offensive firepower and personnel. – 10:34 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets win their 7th straight. They beat the Nets, 114-104. – 10:34 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets fall in Houston 114-104. James Harden with 25 in the loss. Cam Thomas with a career-high 18 and David Duke with nine in his NBA debut. Nets have failed to sweep a back-to-back this season. On to Atlanta. Coverage coming. – 10:34 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
The Houston Rockets have won 7 straight professional basketball games. – 10:34 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Nets just are not good enough tonight. Harden literally has done everything that he can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed. – 10:33 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The D.J. Augustin, Josh Christopher backcourt is devastating – 10:31 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Huge takeaway from this game: Josh Christopher needs a contract extension. – 10:31 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Mathews is defending Harden down the stretch of this game as the primary assignment. – 10:30 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Neither Caleb Martin nor Garrison Mathews should be on a Two-Way. Both should be on standard contracts for at least the minimum. “At least” being the operative words there. – 10:27 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
D.J. Augustin with a dagger three-point play. Rockets are up 14 with 2:14 to play. Timeout Nets – 10:27 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
garrison mathews getting “m-v-p” chants and caleb martin leading the shorthanded heat to a win over the reigning champs.
just another wednesday for this pair of two-way contracts. – 10:26 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
What is Harden doing…?
🎥 @NetsOnYES pic.twitter.com/Gn5YBu7cNY10:24 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Timeout Houston with 3:02 left. Nets down by 12. – 10:24 PM
Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider
MVP chants for Garrison Mathews in Toyota Center. #Rockets10:23 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews just got an ‘MVP’ chant at the free throw line. – 10:23 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
MVP chant for Garrison Mathews after consecutive steals on Harden. Harden fouls the Rockets’ two-way player, who adds two free throws. Has scored 12 of 19 in fourth quarter. – 10:23 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
An M-V-P chant has broken out inside Toyota Center with Garrison Mathews at the free throw line after he picks James Harden in the backcourt – 10:22 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Garrison Mathews MVP chants – 10:22 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Good God.
Garrison Mathews just stole the ball right out of James Harden’s hands and drew a foul in the span of 4 seconds. – 10:22 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
The Celtics released Garrison Mathews at the end of training camp. I watched the Celtics last night, Garrison Mathews is better then guys they gave minutes to – 10:22 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Defense got Brooklyn back in the game, but offense has been their downfall. – 10:20 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Garrison Mathews, with a fast break dunk to put the Rockets up 10 with 3:28 left. – 10:20 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Steph Curry is just a poor man’s Garrison Mathews – 10:20 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Garrison Mathews with a steal, a slam and a shout, takes the lead to 10, 3:28 remaining. – 10:20 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Garrison Mathews with the transition dunk to give Houston a 10-point lead with 3:28 remaining.
THIS GUY WAS IN THE G LEAGUE LAST MONTH – 10:19 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
FOURTH QUARTER GARRISON MATHEWS ACTIVATED – 10:19 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets have had at least five players in double figures in seven straight games, six in six of those games, including tonight. – 10:18 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Everyone gets a touch before @David Duke sends it home! pic.twitter.com/NOSpuGhEIy10:17 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Garrison Mathews is guarding James Harden and draining huge 3s in crunch time. How was this guy not a team at the start of the season? – 10:16 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
What a ludicrous contested three-pointer by Garrison Mathews. Gives Houston an 8-point lead with 4:30 remaining. – 10:16 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Officials getting tech-happy. Jae’Sean Tate picks one up this time. Rockets lead 100-95 after Harden sinks the free throw. – 10:15 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Technical foul for Jae’Sean Tate. I saw what he said, but I won’t tweet it. – 10:14 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Tiven hits Jae’Sean Tate with a technical – 10:14 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Jae’Sean Tate gets a technical foul. – 10:14 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Jae’Sean Tate picks up the charge. Rockets ball with 5:45 left. – 10:14 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Wrote this in Power Rankings & it’s not breaking news, but the Nets have NO 3-point shooting beyond Durant, Harden, Harris & Mills.
Nobody else on that roster shoots 3s w/ any kind of accuracy OR frequency. – 10:14 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I stand corrected. We’ve got a 4-point game here in Houston. The Nets are proving to be resilient no matter who is on the floor. This would be an impressive victory on the second leg of a back to back without KD and LMA if they pull it off – 10:13 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Rockets are almost out of guards after Eric Gordon got ejected. Does John Wall have time to change into uniform with 6:13 remaining? – 10:12 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Eric Gordon has to know who the official is in that spot. You can’t keep on with Tyler Ford, he’s going to get you eventually – 10:12 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Eric Gordon has been ejected. He’s been arguing with the same official all night and just picked up his 2nd technical foul – 10:12 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Eric Gordon picks up a second technical foul for throwing his hands up about a call at ref. – 10:12 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
FOUR-POINT PLAY.
Four-Point Game. pic.twitter.com/aQCwXLmiXg10:12 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Eric Gordon has been ejected. – 10:12 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
ERIC GORDON HAS BEEN TOSSED FOR HIS CHATTER TO THE REF! – 10:11 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Eric Gordon has been ejected. Wow. – 10:11 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Josh Christopher having a better 20th birthday than I did. He’s made all six shots, including four 3s tonight. Reminding Harden he’s not the only Arizona State product around. – 10:11 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Tyler Ford just hit Eric Gordon with his second technical foul – 10:11 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher still hasn’t missed a shot yet.
16 points, 6-6 from the field, and 5-5 from 3-PT range. – 10:11 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
OH SNAP! THE NETS ARE ON A 14-2 RUN! THEY TRAIL BY 4! – 10:10 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Congratulations @UHCougarFB on having a great season! pic.twitter.com/0INfu9OZDI10:10 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
4 point game as Harden converts a 4-point play – 10:10 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Harden stares down Mathews, draws a foul on a 3-pointer — this crowd has seen that a few times before — and pulls Nets to within four. – 10:10 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Myles Turner to @RomeovilleKid in response to a question about yesterday’s report concerning the direction of the team: “I know you’re pretty new here bro, but my name is in a trade rumor every day.” 😂 – 10:09 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden stepback 3 and the foul. Rockets lead down to five. We have a game. – 10:09 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Big sign of trust by Silas leaving Christopher in the game with the Nets quietly making a late push. He’s earned it tonight. – 10:09 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Nets get within 8 as Silas summons Wood and Tate from the bench – 10:08 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
The Nets have cut this to an 8-point lead for the Rockets. – 10:08 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Mathews is automatic from 3! 💦 pic.twitter.com/QRbzeMRbKv10:05 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher:
13 points
2 assists
1 rebound
5-5 from the field
3-3 from 3-PT range
+13 in 14 mintues – 10:03 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets start a stretch of 5 games in 7 nights on Friday, so Christopher playing as well as he is tonight is important with Porter and Green’s status iffy and Gordon likely to sit at least one of those games – 10:01 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
3️⃣ x 10
#AllFly | @Lowes pic.twitter.com/Ka0V5aR2Dn10:01 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Cam Thomas is not and will never be Kyrie Irving, but he hits a lot of the same high degree of difficulty shots, like turnaround fading mid-range jumpers, floaters in traffic and pull-up mid-range shots. – 9:59 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
That’s wild that Houston is about to see their team win their seventh straight while Harden is on the floor 🤯 – 9:58 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
One more to go. 😤
Rockets: 90
Nets: 73
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/okgfRJH5lJ9:58 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 90, Nets 73 after 3. Josh Christopher with the best game of his 20s. (Also, of his rookie season.) – 9:57 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Man, Josh Christopher is a gamer. – 9:57 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
That Josh Christopher steal then pass to KJ Martin for the fast break slam was outrageous! – 9:56 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Gordon: 31 PTS, 7 AST, 5 REB
Kelly: 22 PTS, 10 REB
Miles: 20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
Cody: 12 PTS, 5 REB
#AllFly | @UpperDeckSports pic.twitter.com/t9K2D2ruMf9:56 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
*whispers* Jevon Carter is this year’s Musa. – 9:56 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Rockets lead the Nets 90-73. Houston has four guys in double-figures, the Nets have two. – 9:56 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 3rd QTR: Nets 73, Rockets 90
James Harden (17 PTS, 7 REBS), Cam Thomas (12 PTS) and the Nets can’t match Houston’s energy offensively. They’re too short-handed and the spacing isn’t there. It’ll take a miracle for them to comeback. – 9:56 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Christopher picks Jevon Carter and then feeds K.J. Martin for an emphatic dunk right before the end of the quarter. Rockets are up 90-73 after 3 quarters – 9:56 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
KJ Martin with a nasty tomahawk slam with the assist from Josh Christopher to end the third.
Rockets lead 90-73 going into the third. – 9:55 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Absolutely brutal sequence for Jevon Carter, who turned the ball over then got posterized by Kenyon Martin Jr. in transition. – 9:55 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Christopher has been tremendous tonight – 9:55 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Cam Thomas has a career-high 14 points. – 9:55 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Nwaba got five minutes in the first half but it has been the birthday boy, Josh Christopher, in the House minutes ever since. Helped that he hit those three 3s so he is playing with House money. – 9:54 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
…oh so Houston is gonna do this huh – 9:53 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Tonight’s @HusqvarnaUSA Player of the Game is @Gordon Hayward.
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/uNFWsVR6AO9:52 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
PJ Tucker’s 2 best games this season have been this one and the early game against Brooklyn IMO
Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo were his matchups – 9:52 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
DJ Augustin runs a DHO with Alperen Sengun and gets an open 3. – 9:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Steve Nash: I don’t think there’s a comeback tonight. The Nets are down 80-63 in Houston and the Rockets are just the quicker team. Without KD and LMA (and Joe Harris), the Nets are lacking offensive options. James Harden is the only player in double-digits w/17 (3/10). – 9:45 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
DJ Augustine’s layup gives the Rockets a 17-point lead with 4:54 remaining in the third. – 9:44 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Armoni vs. Amar’e? Brooks shouts at the Nets assistant Amar’e Stoudemire after hitting a 3-pointer. – 9:44 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Armoni Brooks with a lot of words for the Nets bench after that last triple. Rockets up 80-63 with 4:54 left in the third. – 9:44 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Armoni Brooks with a giant catch-and-shoot 3 in the corner. Looked like that Eric Gordon technical was swinging the momentum in Brooklyn’s favor. – 9:44 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin checking back in with 5:43 left in the third. – 9:43 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Tyler Ford hit Eric Gordon with a technical. It was a delayed technical, he waited for a dead ball before blowing the whistle – 9:43 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Eric Gordon went way past his usual meme territory to get that T. Full air punch. – 9:43 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Eric Gordon just got T’d up for throwing a punch in the official’s direction after a no-call. – 9:43 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Only looking forward.
#AllFly | @UpperDeckSports pic.twitter.com/XccIgmcvYV9:42 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Asked Ime Udoka about running Brooklyn’s defense last season and the success the Nets had against the Clippers, and how it may translate to his Celtics defense.
Interesting breakdown based on personnel… pic.twitter.com/KJ1t0NkksI9:41 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Behind the back // Hangs // Hits pic.twitter.com/OpbhYPSKce9:39 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
5 fouls on Jae’Sean Tate. 8:20 remaining in the third quarter. – 9:39 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Shai drawing fouls like James Harden and Trae Young have combined into one player – 9:38 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Tate picks up his fifth on a touch foul that Harden play-acted his way out of bounds. Looked awful on the replay. – 9:38 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
2:30 into the third quarter and the Rockets haven’t scored yet. – 9:34 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Silas will challenge a call on Jae’Sean Tate. Would be an offensive on Harden if overturned. Worth a try because if not, it’s Tate’s fourth foul. – 9:33 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Rockets challenging the blocking call on James Harden’s drive to the rim. I thought it was a charge. – 9:33 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Brooklyn playing some awesome defense on Houston to start the half. Rockets halfcourt offense looks stuck. – 9:32 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
I know the Nets are missing some guys, most notably one of the 3 best players on the planet, but the guys playing next to James Harden tonight….Pretty sure there was more talent on the floor for Harden’s last game as a Rocket – 9:21 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden has three baskets and six turnovers at the half. As you can expect, the threadbare #Nets – who’ve shot just .391 – trail the #Rockets 67-52 at the break. – 9:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – With no Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge for Nets, Rockets adjust game plan ift.tt/3ozM6Y29:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
And for a halftime show, John Wall and Kyrie Irving will go one-on-one.
Maybe not. – 9:17 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 67, Nets 52 at half. Half ends on a Harden airball. Rockets fans seeing the full Harden experience, 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 turnovers, toughness when hurt, drawing fouls …
Rockets shoot 56.1 %, 40.9 %, briefly led by 20. – 9:16 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Ime ragging on his former Brooklyn players when asked about switching in Brooklyn vs. Boston:
“Brooklyn relies on it heavily for different reasons, don’t want to work as hard on certain things, and so we can do a little bit of both.” – 9:15 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
James Harden after first half:
14 points
5 rebounds
4 assists
3-10 from the field
2-7 from 3-PT range
6-8 from the FT line
Rockets have thrown multiple bodies at Harden including Gordon, Christopher, and Tate. – 9:15 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
WiFi has been non-existent for me so hopefully this tweet goes through: Nets trail Rockets, 67-52, at the half. Offense has been hard to come by w/o KD and LMA, as expected. Blake Griffin is proving he should be in the rotation, and good moments from David Duke Jr. Not enough tho – 9:14 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
When in doubt. Throw it up to C-Wood. 😤 pic.twitter.com/3kTelDGmfT9:14 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
HALF: Nets 52, Rockets 67
James Harden (14 PTS, 5 REBS), Patty Mills (9 PTS, 3 3PM) & the Nets aren’t performing like a first seed. The defense for them is pretty much non-existent either, holding Houston to 56% accuracy from the field. Brooklyn has trailed by as many as 20. – 9:14 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Rockets lead the Nets 67-52. Similar to last night, Nets offense never really got into a groove. The defense, too. Granted Durant and Aldridge are key there. Harden has 14 points and six turnovers last I checked. Just bricked a 3 at the buzzer. – 9:14 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Harden air balls a 3 at the buzzer. Rockets lead 67-52 at the break – 9:13 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Big-time block by Wood on Harden, stopped and smiled at him afterwards. – 9:12 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin took a charge. Patty Mills put his hat and boots on for him. – 9:12 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Christian Wood smiles at Harden after swatting his shot. Harden did not look his way. – 9:11 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin has been good for the Nets. Seven points in six minutes on 3-for-3 shooting. – 9:11 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
James Harden and Blake Griffin running constant pick and roll to get switches so Griffin can bully mismatches in the deep-post. – 9:11 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
Here’s the play where James Harden landed on a foot. Close to a landing zone foul here? pic.twitter.com/WP90HvqFUX9:09 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden is staying in the game. – 9:07 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Just a couple @ASU boys hooping. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/vDrLeWcX669:07 PM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
The Rockets are legit never gonna lose again, huh? – 9:07 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
It looked like Harden hurt his ankle, but he was walking on his own. Doubt he sits of course. – 9:06 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
James Harden is grimacing walking to the bench. There seems to a problem with his left ankle. – 9:06 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
James Harden is down. He came down on Jae’Sean Tate’s foot after a missed 3. It’s his left ankle, but he’s walking on his own – 9:05 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Harden looked shaken up, reaching to his left ankle after missing a 3. – 9:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden is limping. – 9:05 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Reminder: Keep breathing.
#AllFly | @AthleticBrewing pic.twitter.com/9u1IeyGFfY9:03 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
💨 @Bruce Brown off to the races and it’s a 12-0 BK run! pic.twitter.com/eMa862xg2p9:03 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
At no point while Armoni Brooks was bringing the ball up did I think he was going to make the layup. Impressive and-1 from him. – 9:02 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
David Duke making his #NBA debut for the #Nets. – 9:02 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Lots of love for The Beard here 🙏 pic.twitter.com/DG5811uICY9:01 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Eric Gordon said yesterday the key today would be to avoid lapses. This would be a lapse. Nets on 10-0, two-minute run, cut lead in half. – 9:00 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
David Duke’s first NBA basket is a 3 to cut the Rockets’ lead to 12. – 9:00 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
David Duke Jr. OFFICIALLY has his first NBA points courtesy of a three. – 8:59 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Eric Gordon scored 15 points in 10 first quarter minutes and the Rockets offense hasn’t missed a beat since he left the floor. They were +6 with him on the floor and they’ve outscored the Nets by 9 in the 7 minutes he’s been out – 8:56 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets big man Blake Griffin getting his first playing time since getting pulled on Nov. 22 against the #Cavs. – 8:55 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Blake Griffin has checked into the game for the first time since Nov. 22 – 8:53 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Christopher has drained three three-pointers. Playing him next to D.J. Augustin has allowed him to play off the ball and not have to worry about getting the team into its offense – 8:53 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Birthday buckets. Josh Christopher going crazy right now, back-to-back-to-back triples. – 8:53 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher is now 3-3 from three-point range. – 8:53 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets up 20, Josh Christopher is the leading scorer from Arizona State. – 8:53 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash is subbing in Blake Griffin for the first time since Nov. 22. – 8:52 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin checking in. – 8:52 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Oh wow. Shooting foul on Brooklyn gets upped to a Flagrant 1. Not sure if I agree with this.
Garrison Matthews swayed forward instead of it the traditional being a landing space foul. – 8:52 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Nic Claxton gets hit with a flagrant 1 for stepping under Garrison Mathews on a 3-point attempt. The review took 25 minutes too long – 8:51 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton hit with a flagrant one. – 8:51 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton is beside himself after being called for a flagrant foul 1. Tough call. – 8:51 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Garrison Mathews must be so difficult to officiate. Naturally swings his right foot forward on 3s. It’s not to draw fouls. He does it in warmups. But who initiates contact? – 8:50 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher with back-to-back 3s. Rockets up 17. – 8:49 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Alperen Sengun has crazy footwork and post instincts. He reads and responds to the defender so well. There are a lot of similarities in that regard to a Kevin McHale or Luis Scola. – 8:48 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Christopher hits back-to-back 3s. Rockets up 17 – 8:48 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
This Josh Christopher fella can shoot the ball damn. – 8:48 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Have watched James Harden perform in this building a thousand times, but this is so strange. Hard to describe. – 8:48 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
KJ taking it out on the rim! 😳 pic.twitter.com/DFXoncdQiL8:47 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Josh Christopher just blocked James Harden on a drive to the rim. – 8:46 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
University of Houston football team honored during time out. UH chairman of the board Tilman Fertitta with comments, followed by Dana Holgorsen. – 8:44 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Al P with the shake ‘n bake! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PBQ7oSrkKE8:44 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets give Kevin Durant a rest day, won’t play vs. Rockets nypost.com/2021/12/08/net… via @nypostsports8:44 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
It’s right about now when the Nets are rethinking that whole “Let’s rest KD” thing. – 8:44 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Steve Nash: Nets searching for answers on both ends of the floor. Eric Gordon torched them for 15 points in the first quarter. Rockets out to a 36-25 lead at the 10:26 mark in the 2nd quarter. Shorthanded on second leg of a back-to-back is never an easy game. – 8:42 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Josh Christopher doing a good job staying with Harden on his drives, has bothered him since checking into the game. Large 6’5 frame, strong base as a defender. Rockets up 36-25 with 10:26 to go in the half. – 8:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
EG dropped 15 in the 1st quarter! 😱 pic.twitter.com/NSgTBwGlFc8:41 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
KJ Martin gets a putback dunk and block at the rim in consecutive possessions. – 8:41 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
David Duke Jr. checks in for the Nets. – 8:40 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
David Duke Jr. is set to check in. – 8:39 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
PAUL MILLSAP YES SIR 😤😤😤 pic.twitter.com/e5tUNvE5Q38:39 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Appears the Millsap tip-in was no good – 8:38 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Harden checking back in so we get a few minutes of ASU vs. ASU, Christopher checking Harden. – 8:38 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Josh Christopher will start the 2nd quarter defending James Harden. Arizona State vs Arizona State – 8:38 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets 30, Nets 23 after 1. Gordon with 15, his most in a quarter this season, nine shy of season high (35 from career high.) Had made 50 % of shots in previous five games, is 6 of 7 tonight. Rest of Rockets 5 of 15. – 8:37 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Rockets lead the Nets 30-23. Paul Millsap with a tip-in officials are reviewing to see if he beat the buzzer. Patty Mills and Cam Thomas each have six. Eric Gordon with 15. – 8:37 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 1. 🚀
Rockets: 30
Nets: 23
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/TJzK9UdzcI8:37 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Interesting first quarter for the Nets, who are searching for their second-unit offense when James Harden is off the floor and Kevin Durant (rest) is out. Cam Thomas has 7 off the bench, and Patty Mills has a pair of 3s.
Rockets 30, Nets 23. Going to be a chess match. – 8:36 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Eric Gordon was 6-7 from the floor, 2-3 from three, for 15 points in ten minutes in the first quarter. – 8:36 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 1st QTR: Nets 23, Rockets 30
Patty Mills (6 PTS), Cam Thomas (6 PTS) & the Nets are getting loose. As a team, they have to find a way to slow down Eric Gordon (15 PTS, 6-7 FG). He just looks so unbothered out there. Brooklyn can’t allow him to continue heating up. – 8:36 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Millsap slams all over K.J. Martin for those (me) who did not think he could still do that. – 8:35 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Paul Millsap turned back the clock and got one on K.J. Martin, who had his jump timed and everything – 8:35 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Paul Millsap with an Odell Beckham (pre Browns) steal and then dunks on Kenyon Martin Jr. as if he’s still at Louisiana Tech. – 8:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
PAUL MILLSAP IS SICK IN THE HEAD! – 8:34 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Paul Millsap just absolutely posterized Christian Wood. I don’t even think he saw it coming. – 8:34 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
SKY MILES CAN DO IT ALL ✈️
@Miles Bridges | #AllFly pic.twitter.com/TkgD65Gnz18:32 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#The Nets trail the #Rockets 25-19 with 2:02 left in the first. The good news is they’re leading Eric Gordon 19-to-15, though. – 8:31 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Eric Gordon:
15 points
6-7 from the field
2-3 from 3-PT range
1-1 from the FT line
+6 in 10 minutes – 8:31 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Nets outscoring Eric Gordon, but just barely. They lead Gordon, 19-15. (Rockets lead Nets, 25-19.) Gordon is 6 of 7 for 15 points in 10 minutes. Teammates won’t slap his hands in fear of getting burned. – 8:30 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets are playing small and Danuel House is unavailable so some first quarter minutes for David Nwaba, who hasn’t played in a long time – 8:27 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Former Net David Nwaba checks in for the Rockets. Tore his Achilles with Brooklyn at San Antonio in December 2016 just as he was getting going. Thought he would have been great with the MLE this offseason, but the defense has been elite without a guy like him. – 8:25 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Eric Gordon. Good at basketball. – 8:25 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
David Nwaba back in the rotation against his former team with Danuel House Jr. out. – 8:25 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Rockets show tribute video for James Harden.
Harden shows his appreciation to the fans and gestures a heart. pic.twitter.com/Wsnkhh7WU38:23 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden stays on with the Nets reserves. It’s him, Cam Thomas. Bruce Brown, Paul Millsap and James Johnson. – 8:22 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets trapping Harden after the time out. I think that might have been the intention on screens all along. – 8:22 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Rockets have a video tribute for Harden, who makes a heart with his hands and waves to the crowd. And now they’re back to booing him on the FT line. pic.twitter.com/UwfRq0DYed8:22 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
He’s hit a few of these in this building 💦 pic.twitter.com/RIgJZDjpIy8:22 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets acknowledge James Harden’s return and the crowd gives him a nice ovation. They did the same thing in March, but there were only 3,600 people in the building pic.twitter.com/MbjIvC8kEt8:22 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets break out the James Harden tribute video again. Imagine this won’t be an annual thing but more people are here tonight than last season. Many cheers when it gets to the community portion.
As with last season, he raises H’s and taps his heart, still smiling. – 8:20 PM
Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider
The #Rockets are showing a tribute video for James Harden. – 8:20 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Let’s keep it rollin’…
#AllFly | @UpperDeckSports pic.twitter.com/BNC4Ov20VU8:19 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
we’re absolutely making Patty Melt a thing, @Sarah Kustok pic.twitter.com/YRJBzwBU7C8:19 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Nets’ Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge to sit out vs. Rockets for rest ift.tt/3dwBnHg8:18 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Mike D’Antoni, back in Toyota Center, thinking the Rockets sure do take a lot of 3s. Their past seven shots all from deep. One went in. – 8:17 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
EG getting us started! 🚀
@toyota | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/A8rxIGYt348:17 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Johnson 🤝 DHO assists – 8:16 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Harden gets his first bucket of the game: a step-back on Christian Wood. – 8:15 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden booed heavily on that first possession. So much for the intro… – 8:11 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Harden receives boos as he touches the ball mid-game though. – 8:11 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Mix of boos and cheers for James Harden in his return to Houston pic.twitter.com/tN6ai8mBVF8:11 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Boos for Harden as he gets his first touch. – 8:11 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Lots of boos for James Harden on his first touch of the night – 8:11 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets center Nick Richards left in the 2Q with a left ankle sprain. He will be available to return to tonight’s game #AllFly8:10 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
#Rockets starters vs Brooklyn. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/Ayla85PhtS8:09 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Mostly cheers for James Harden in Houston, with scattered boos. #Nets #rockets pic.twitter.com/55AjKQ42yu8:08 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Mostly cheers for James Harden as he’s introduced to the Toyota Center crowd pic.twitter.com/4bUeMSwXyU8:07 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
James Harden receives a significant applause as he’s announced pregame. Some boos mixed in there, but mostly a positive reception. – 8:07 PM
Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Mixture of cheers and boos for former #Rocket James Harden. – 8:06 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Many, many Harden uniforms in the crowd. – 8:03 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
With no Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge for Nets, Rockets adjust game plan houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… via @houstonchron – 8:01 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Tonight’s Hugo’s Little Hero sent us the BEST video ever 🥺 Your Hornets love you, Rush!
Hugo’s Little Hero spotlights local youth supported by @BeeMighty who have encountered challenges and persevered as NICU graduates.
@COKECCBCC x #SwarmToServe pic.twitter.com/5jhNTvwxfq8:00 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Houston. Nets-Rockets tip shortly. How will the fans receive James Harden? It’s his show tonight as Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge rest. Do we see Blake Griffin? Updates to come. – 8:00 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Was shocked (and a little disappointed) that Harden did not do his customary running reverse flip thing on the way to the court for pregame warmups. Will he do the crash into the stanchion before the tip? Should we make sure it is him under the beard if he doesn’t? – 7:58 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Just sat down at the Toyota Center, where Nic Claxton will get the start against the Rockets. More importantly, Claxton will be challenged tonight by Christian Wood, one of the premier younger 5s in the NBA. More to come. pic.twitter.com/Clf3T8TDwZ7:57 PM

Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
With current blossoming of Brooklyn Basin, that stadium and community would essentially be linked to downtown Oakland … which is thriving already. – 7:57 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
The Mavericks can’t shoot right now. They were 9-of-46 from 3 last night against the Nets and shot 34 percent on Sunday. Jason Kidd said ‘We’re all being tested right now to see if our spirit and our faith is strong enough to stay together and stay the course.’ – 7:48 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Watch the vet go to work 🌪
@Gordon Hayward | #AllFly pic.twitter.com/qlnqys6Iph7:48 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
That’s a no-basket for that last one.
ALL TIED UP.
#AllFly | @UpperDeckSports pic.twitter.com/5JzpeRwiBU7:44 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
John Wall working out pregame. Stephen Silas says the team has not progressed on establishing a timeline for his return. It’s been 12 days since Wall’s initial meeting with Rafael Stone about returning to action pic.twitter.com/FID7up3o1a7:37 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Never give up on the play 🌊💥
@Kelly Oubre | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/2zWsCufQlL7:36 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in Houston: Harden, Mills, Bembry, Johnson and Claxton. – 7:35 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets starters: Brooks, Gordon, Mathews, Tate, Wood – 7:33 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Rockets:
👨🏿‍🍳James Harden
👷🏾‍♂️Patty Mills
🔒DeAndre’ Bembry
💨James Johnson
📈Nicolas Claxton – 7:32 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Mathews, Tate, Wood, Brooks, Gordon.
Nets: Johnson, Bembry, Claxton, Mills, Harden. – 7:32 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden, Patty Mills, DeAndre’ Bembry, James Johnson and Nic Claxton to start for the #Nets. This will be that lineup’s first minutes of the season together. It’s Johnson’s first start of the season, and just the fifth career start for Claxton. #Rockets7:32 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets starters vs Nets: Brooks, Gordon, Mathews, Tate, Wood.
Nets starters: Bembry, Claxton, Harden, James Johnson, Mills – 7:31 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Got a new-look five tonight ⤵️
HARDEN | MILLS | BEMBRY | JOHNSON | CLAXTON pic.twitter.com/zYkwdXZFzl7:31 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Armoni Brooks will start for the Rockets tonight. – 7:31 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
#Rockets will start Brooks, Gordon, Mathews, Tate and Wood vs. Brooklyn. – 7:31 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs. Rockets Game:
▪️James Harden only averages 23 PPG on an impressive 60% shooting vs the Rockets since leaving.
▪️Houston has put up 119 PPG during their 6-game win streak.
▪️Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris & LaMarcus Aldridge are out. – 7:30 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
GH2️⃣0️⃣ off to a hot start 💪
@Gordon Hayward | @HornetsOnBally pic.twitter.com/X0U5SHNyC37:28 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
He’s got the night off, but here’s Kevin Durant practicing logo 3s. pic.twitter.com/zTfPXJ1onl7:27 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
🙏🏾 @CJ McCollum. Get well ASAP bro! – 7:14 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Nets Kevin Durant effortless excellence. He’s not playing tonight (rest) vs #Rockets pic.twitter.com/0O3B3iAdwp7:14 PM

Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
Cuban basically hit ole buddy with “do you even hoop, bro?” and that’s hilarious – 7:05 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Drop everything. It’s time to watch your favorite team hoop!
📍 – 🏠
🆚 – @Philadelphia 76ers
📺 – @HornetsOnBally
📻 – @WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM pic.twitter.com/bxobsig3Cx7:01 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Punching the clock. ⏰
@MichelobULTRA | #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/bnmPkxWfrI7:00 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Currently in the building:
Mike D’Antoni
John Lucas
James Harden
Danuel House
Gerald Green
Eric Gordon – 6:53 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Kevin Durant talking to Rockets coach John Lucas. pic.twitter.com/DuSzeckYus6:49 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Asked Steve Nash if tonight’s return to Houston means more to James Harden: “I think it definitely means something to James. I don’t want to overstate it, but I also don’t want to understate it. He had such a historic run here. This city means a ton to him.” #Nets #Rockets #NBA6:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash says this game in Houston means a bit more to James Harden: “I definitely think it means something to James. I don’t want to overstate it, but I also don’t want to understate it.” – 6:41 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I definitely think it means something to James (Harden) — He had a historic run here. I know this city means a lot to him.”
⁃Steve Nash on playing the Houston Rockets. – 6:40 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Lots of Nic Claxton questions for Steve Nash ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Rockets. With LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) out, Claxton has strong chance to start at the center spot next to James Harden. Story soon for @NYDNSports. – 6:40 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He gives us that layer where he could guard multiple positions — It’s an excellent kind of option for us.”
⁃Steve Nash on Nic Claxton. – 6:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Asked Nash if there’s any thought in getting Harden more involved in the mid-range if the layups and 3s aren’t going. He said he doesn’t have many, if any rules for Harden. If he wants to shoot more there off the pick-and-roll he’s more than welcome. – 6:39 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
The Rematch 👊
#AllFly | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/RuOGkC1KR16:37 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I don’t have a ton of rules for him — He wants to take more mid-range shots.”
⁃Steve Nash on James Harden. – 6:36 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash admits he may not play Nic Claxton and LaMarcus Aldridge together in the future. – 6:35 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash on why the #Nets are resting both Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge tonight vs. the #Rockets: “I told them you guys (the media) were really on me for rest.” – 6:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash expects an 11-man rotation this game for the Nets. – 6:34 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash says it’s possible Blake Griffin plays tonight with Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge resting. – 6:34 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Steve Nash did not reveal his starters with Kevin Durant out. – 6:34 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I just want James (Harden) to have fun and be himself.”
⁃Steve Nash on his expectations for James Harden this game. – 6:34 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
James Harden is back and he says hello to some old friends, including former Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni and Rockets trainer Jason Biles. Harden arrived at 5:30 for a 7:00 game just as always pic.twitter.com/TpnaNPZIEF6:34 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They’ve had a lot of minutes recently — It was an opportunity to get a little rest.”
⁃Steve Nash on resting Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge. – 6:33 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Asked Houston coach Stephen Silas what kind of reception he thinks James Harden will get tonight at Toyota Center: “I hope he gets a great reception. You know, he’s one of the best #Rockets ever. So I certainly hope he get a great reception.” #Nets6:31 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
First up tonight ⤵️
#AllFly | @CrumblCookies pic.twitter.com/7BsTu0C2In6:30 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Stephen Silas on James Harden tonight: “I hope he gets a great reception. He’s one of the best Rockets ever.” – 6:26 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas on the reception James Harden might get tonight: “I hope he gets a great reception. He’s one of the best Rockets ever. I would assume he gets a great reception.” – 6:26 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
It’s been 12 days since John Wall’s initial meeting with Rafael Stone about rejoining the Rockets on the floor, but Stephen Silas says there’s been no progress on a timetable for when that will happen – 6:25 PM
Alykhan Bijani @Rockets_Insider
Stephen Silas on James Harden: “I hope he gets a great reception. He’s one of the best #Rockets ever.” – 6:25 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Danuel House Jr.’s sprained ankle happened on Tuesday. He is day-to-day, Stephen Silas said, but out today. – 6:25 PM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
Stephen Silas says he doesn’t know his starting lineup just yet. He wants to know what the Nets will run with first.
Danuel House twisted his ankle yesterday and is day to day. – 6:24 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Stephen Silas says Danuel House twisted his ankle in practice yesterday, he’s day to day – 6:24 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Danuel House twisted his ankle yesterday. He’s out (day-to-day). – 6:24 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas says it’s possible someone else besides Eric Gordon guards James Harden now that Kevin Durant is out.
Will wait to see what lineup Brooklyn throws out before making the final call. – 6:22 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Be remiss if I didn’t wish my guy @Eric Walden a happy birthday. We tried hard to sing to him at shootaround but the look he gave us made us rethink that plan. I appreciate your friendship bro in good times and bad. Always love over here 💯 – 6:17 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Kevin Durant has arrived inside Toyota Center, though he won’t play tonight pic.twitter.com/xevMf5obXW6:09 PM

Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Trez rockin those John Wall 1’s in Pregame. #DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/HbGvrwaNim6:00 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
I’m doing a Nets mailbag this week. Send the goods this way: theathletic.com/3005395/2021/1…5:42 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
INJURY REPORT vs PHI
LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, Terry Rozier, and Ish Smith are all listed as OUT (NBA Health and Safety Protocols).
#AllFly | @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/Ocbt8TW1sm5:39 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Want to win an autographed jersey or a trip to a Rockets away game? Tune into the Rockets game on @ATTSportsNetSW tonight to see how you could win! pic.twitter.com/sKlDTIfEzz5:00 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Leading up to #NBAJerseyDay, we’ll be giving away jerseys to our favorite people (YOU!) 🙌 To start us off, one lucky fan will win this @thorrjt teal jersey. ⚡️
Enter to win ➡️ https://t.co/XhOMJxvbP7 | @LendingTree pic.twitter.com/ur29grDYLX4:24 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Showdown in H-Town 🍿
⏰ 7:00 PM Tip-Off
📺 @ATTSportsNetSW
📻 @SportsTalk790 / En Español KLAT 1010AM pic.twitter.com/wCqI4tEN3X4:00 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
🏀 MVP
🏆 2x Champ
💎 NBA Top 75
Kevin Durant has already accomplished so much, so what still drives him?
His manager @Rich Kleiman talks KD’s motivation with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine pic.twitter.com/HhPOSUc48l3:31 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
New Locked On NBA w/ @Kamenetzky Brothers!
🏀 Lakers Big 3 gets the win over the Celtics
🏀 Kevin Durant rallies the Nets against the Mavs
🏀 Myles Turner the most impactful player traded this year?
🎧 https://t.co/L8SmPbBG5H
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/bL8FVJkxqC pic.twitter.com/JjL9TTT3O43:15 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Just touched down in Houston, where I am officially free from the shackles of American Airlines. @AmericanAir cost me yesterday’s Nets @ Mavs game. @Delta would never. – 2:50 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
We are honoring legendary #Rockets announcer Bill Worrell January 7th!
🚀 Stay tuned for more details pic.twitter.com/jwEAt9ENo32:30 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets’ short-handed surge keyed by undrafted players and a two-way find ift.tt/3dxIe3j2:18 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
First Time Bob Watched Larry Bird Play + Is Kevin Durant Top 5 All Time? | Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman Podcast w/ @Gary Tanguay presented by @calm & @LinkedIn twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…2:00 PM

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