The Houston Rockets took quality shots in this one, going 40-76 (52.6%) from the field, including 13-28 (46.4%) from three-point range, in a blowout 112-86 win over the Indiana Pacers. Houston (43-19) is now on a four-game winning streak.
James Harden had another strong game, putting up 28 points on 10-17 shooting from the field (4-7 from behind the arc) and 4-6 from the free throw line. He tallied 3 steals also. Other top performers for Houston were Dwight Howard with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons with 11 points and 6 assists. On 5-11 shooting from the field and 5-8 from the free throw line, David West scored 15 points for Indiana in the loss. He also registered 10 rebounds.
The sharp-shooting offense of Houston played well despite facing the defense of Indiana that ranks best in the league at contesting shots (45.8% opponents' eFG%), ending the contest with an eFG% of 61.2%. The Rockets combined an eFG% of 61.2% with 46.4% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (16-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Pacers, on the other hand, are 1-4 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Indiana (46-16) has now dropped their last three in a row.
Coming up next, the Rockets square off against the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 42-20 on the year. The Pacers meet the Dallas Mavericks, currently 37-26 this season. The Rockets have won two of their last three meetings with Portland. The Pacers have a 0-1 record against Dallas this season.