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[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the Charlotte Hornets last night and the Rockets did everything that was asked of them, walking away with the 121-114 victory. The win bumps Houston's record up to 31-9 on the season, while the loss drags Charlotte's down to 20-19. Though a win's a win and Rockets fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.

Team results aside, a monster night from James Harden is all that fans will be talking about as they process the contest. Harden pumped out a stat line of 40 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, 0 blocks and 0 steals in 37 minutes on the night, quantifiable proof of his place among the top tier of NBA players. 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, Kemba Walker did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful Hornets. Walker's 25 points, 6 rebounds and 10 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 7 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.

Houston's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Hornets, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Rockets will settle for the upper hand in this one.

Up next for the reeling Rockets will be a date with the Minnesota Timberwolves while the visiting Hornets will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden4015100037
M. Harrell14323229
T. Ariza16430139
P. Beverley8850032
R. Anderson13310235
C. Brewer15500125
N. Hilario10512118
S. Dekker5130120

Hornets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
K. Walker256101136
M. Williams16800125
S. Hawes16540024
J. Lamb11540127
M. Belinelli15360028
F. Kaminsky22310027
M. Kidd-Gilchrist0641033
R. Hibbert4502018
R. Sessions5110014
T. Graham010003
DetailsHoustonCharlotte
Game No.4039
Score121114
Average115.0105.0
Record31-920-19
 
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Harden

75.5 FP
2.04 FPPM
Kemba
Walker

51.5 FP
1.43 FPPM
Montrezl
Harrell

34.5 FP
1.19 FPPM

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