Jonas Valanciunas

NBA roundup: Strong second half pushes the Houston Rockets past the New York Knicks

NBA roundup: Strong second half pushes the Houston Rockets past the New York Knicks

James Harden said the Houston Rockets “put on a show” in the second half against the New York Knicks on Saturday night, but the show he was talking about surprisingly had nothing to do with Houston’s potent offense.

In Houston’s 117-102 victory over the Knicks, Harden highlighted the Rockets’ third-quarter defense where the Knicks scored just 13 points, a season-low for points in a quarter both for the Knicks as well as Rockets opponents.

Along with Harden’s 37 points and 10 assists, it was that defensive tenacity that helped the Rockets rally back from a sizable deficit.

The Rockets erased New York’s early 22-point lead by making 18 three-pointers and getting 44...

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