The bearded man curls his whiskers. In the top-west conference game between his Houston Rockets team and the Los Angeles Clippers, James Harden was imperial with a new offensive card: 47 points scored. That's less than his 59 points in the offensive drift at the end of October, but the southpaw was rather effective with a 12/26 shoot (including a good 7/13 to 3 points) and a near perfect 16/17 on throws, plus 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 interceptions (but 6 lost balls).
So many figures that explain a lot the Rockets victory at home against the Los Angeles Clippers (102-93) of a complete Kawhi Leonard (26 points at 10/24, 12 rebounds, 7 assists) but a little lonely (20 points for Lou Williams anyway), especially late in the game where the MVP of the last final had to do everything. Especially, Houston has shown great defensive skills in this match, whether in the first quarter (winning 31-15) or late in the game on some key actions. Although James Harden, author of 16 points in the last 6 minutes, has validated the success of his. Clippers side, Paul George remained on the bench, his return remaining possible during the game in New Orleans, Thursday night.
The Rockets go back to 2nd place in the West with Utah, still behind the Los Angeles Lakers. They had a quiet evening on their floor against Golden State (120-94). Very quickly ahead (already 10 points ahead in the middle of the first quarter) while Anthony Davis was left at rest, LeBron James' teammates (23 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds in just 26 minutes) managed their advance all the game. This is their ninth win in the last ten games.