The Houston Rockets took quality shots, finishing 39-74 (52.7%) from the field, including 19-32 (59.4%) from beyond the arc, in a blowout 114-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Houston (12-5) is now on a 4-game winning streak.
Chandler Parsons scored 21 points on 7-7 shooting, including 6-6 on 3-point attempts, in a solid performance. Other top contributors for Houston included Omri Casspi with 16 points and 5 rebounds, Francisco Garcia with 15 points and 5 assists, and Aaron Brooks with 14 points and 7 assists. Despite the loss, Mirza Teletovic put up 18 points off the bench for Brooklyn on 6-14 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-5 from the free throw line. He also added 13 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor chipped in 16 points and 12 assists and Mason Plumlee finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the high-powered offense of Houston (ranked second in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the bottom-tier defense of Brooklyn (ranked 30th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.21 points per possession. The Rockets combined an eFG% of 65.5% with 59.4% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (6-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Nets, on the other hand, are winless (0-3) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Brooklyn (4-12) has now lost back-to-back games after falling to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Coming up, the Rockets play the San Antonio Spurs, who are 14-2 on the season. The Nets go up against the Memphis Grizzlies, currently sitting at 8-7 this year.
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