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Sport Russell Westbrook, James Harden push Rockets past Suns

06:15  08 december  2019
06:15  08 december  2019 Source:   houstonchronicle.com

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There were other visions of the Russell Westbrook-James Harden pairing that the Rockets had in mind, starting with the notion of them being their best at the same time.

a crowd of people watching a football ball: Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook, right, drives toward the basket as Phoenix Suns' Ty Jerome (10) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)© David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook, right, drives toward the basket as Phoenix Suns' Ty Jerome (10) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Games like Saturday’s struggle against the Suns were high on the list.

With Harden struggling, Westbrook was sensational. When Harden rolled for a few fourth quarter minutes, Westbrook rested. And when the Rockets needed a closer, Westbrook finished off the Suns, scoring eight points and twice setting up Ben McLemore to send the Rockets past the Suns, 115-109.

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BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 115, SUNS 109

McLemore had his second consecutive strong performance and his best off the bench by far this season, making 10 of 15 shots for 27 points. The Rockets needed that to go with Harden’s 34 points and Westbrook’s 24 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to finally put away the Suns.

Eventually, they needed a few minutes of the usual Harden scoring.

The Rockets had gone about as far without Harden scoring as they could, or at least, as they cared to. With nine minutes left, the Rockets still could not shake the Suns. They had missed six consecutive shots with two turnovers. Harden returned and missed a 3, falling to 5 of 21.

Harden had 16 points when he took over and changed the game. In the next three minutes, he scored the Rockets’ next 15 points.

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Westbrook and McLemore took it from there.

The Rockets began the game shooting horribly, which went a long way toward falling into an 11-point hole in the first quarter. But that was not all that was not right or would turn around.

The Rockets dramatically turned up their energy and aggressiveness defensively. They got in the open floor with Westbrook pushing the pace. When they began hitting the shots they had been misfiring, an 11-point first-quarter deficit turned into a 10-point halftime lead.

The turnaround began, as it often does, when Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni went to small lineups, first with P.J. Tucker at center and then with Westbrook subbing in for Tucker to give the Rockets a 6-foot-6 (Danuel House Jr.) and shorter lineup.

The Rockets had scored nine points in the first 8 ½ minutes of the game, making 3 of 17 shots, 1 of 7 3s. They scored 25 points, making 11 of 16 shots, in the 7 ½ minutes with the small lineups.

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James Harden , left, and Russell Westbrook , right, have won two of the last three M.V.P. awards in the N.B.A. They were But Westbrook preferred the Rockets and Harden pushed to make it happen, according to one person who was briefed on the situation but was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

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McLemore scored 17 first-half points off the bench, but the Rockets continued to score well when center Clint Capela returned with Westbrook and Harden repeatedly finding him inside.

That was enough to repair the damage done in the slow start. They had to show they could make the energy last with a lead as they had when trying to rally from behind and then come up with one last finishing kick.

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Jalen Brunson et al. playing a game of football: New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick (4) and Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) fight for the loose ball during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center on December 7, 2019. 

Harden scores 47, Rockets outscore short-handed Suns, 139-125 .
James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 77 points in leading Houston past Phoenix as the Suns dropped a sixth straight game. Harden scored a game-high 47 with 29 coming in the first half while Westbrook went for 30 points and 10 assists. The Rockets (20-9) shot 58.6%, hitting 19-of-41 from 3.BOX SCORE: ROCKETS 139, SUNS 125The Suns (11-18) were once again without Deandre Ayton, who missed a second straight game with a right ankle sprain after suffering it in his return game Tuesday from his 25-game suspension. Ricky Rubio also sat out with an illness.Start the day smarter.

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