The Houston Rockets took quality shots in this one, going 43-78 (55.1%) from the field, including 14-27 (51.9%) from three-point range, to easily get by the Atlanta Hawks, 113-84. Houston (11-5) has now won 3 in a row.
Aaron Brooks came off the bench and scored 21 points on 7-12 shooting, including 4-6 on 3-point attempts, in a solid outing. Houston also got solid performances from Terrence Jones with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Chandler Parsons with 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Dwight Howard with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the loss, Paul Millsap put up 16 points for Atlanta on 6-10 shooting from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. Al Horford contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds.
As expected, the high-powered offense of Houston (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) picked apart the porous defense of Atlanta (ranked 29th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.21 points per possession. The Rockets combined an eFG% of 64.1% with 51.9% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (5-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Hawks, on the other hand, are winless (0-4) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Atlanta (8-8) has now lost 3 straight contests.
Coming up next, the Rockets square off with the Brooklyn Nets, who are 4-11 on the year. The Hawks meet the Dallas Mavericks, currently 9-6 this season. The Hawks are 0-1 versus Dallas this season.