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[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the New York Knicks last night and the Rockets did everything that was asked of them, walking away with the 129-122 victory. The win bumps Houston's record up to 26-9 on the season, while the loss drags New York's down to 16-17. More than just a victory, the performance could serve as a boost for the Rockets. Having scored early and often against their opponents this time out, the club will look to capitalize on their momentum heading into their next contest.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was James Harden. Harden's borderline-historic night of 53 points, 16 rebounds, 17 assists, 0 blocks and 0 steals in 42 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Ask anybody, however - Harden included - and the most important part is that the Rockets walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.

Though not quite able to steal the show, Brandon Jennings did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful Knicks. Jennings's 32 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists were one bright spot for the team that spun out in the matchup.

From a personal standpoint, James Harden made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 9 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Beyond any individual contributions, one of the major reasons why it was the Rockets walking away victorious was Houston's ability to limit New York's offensive output. By holding the Knicks to less than they usually produce the Rockets made their life considerably easier.

Up next for the reeling Rockets will be a date with the Washington Wizards while the visiting Knicks will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Orlando Magic.

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden5316170042
R. Anderson25612035
T. Ariza14740238
M. Harrell13440032
E. Gordon15220131
C. Brewer7410028
S. Dekker0510012
N. Hilario2200011
T. Ennis000005

Knicks Stats

Roster P R A B S M
B. Jennings32571040
D. Rose21570240
J. Noah151621028
J. Holiday15600430
M. Kuzminskas14210115
G. Hernangomez31001019
L. Thomas11110032
C. Anthony7130018
M. Ndour420009
S. Vujacic000004
DetailsHoustonNew York
Game No.3533
Score129122
Average115.0105.0
Record26-916-17
 
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2.37 FPPM
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1.31 FPPM
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1.2 FPPM

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