James Harden put up 35 points to help the Houston Rockets nip the Washington Wizards, 113-112. The Rockets were on fire, finishing 34-64 (53.1%) from the field, including 10-22 (45.5%) from beyond the arc. Houston (36-17) has now won seven straight, dating back to a 97-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on January 28th.
Harden shot 8-14 from the field (3-6 on 3-pointers) and 16-16 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top performers for Houston were Dwight Howard with 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Trevor Ariza had a big game for Washington in the loss, putting up 32 points on 11-20 shooting, including 10-14 from behind the arc. John Wall contributed 19 points and 14 assists.
Along with their eFG% of 60.9%, the Rockets connected at a rate of 45.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (13-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Wizards are 2-6 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Washington (25-27) to 0-2 against Houston on the year.
Coming up next, the Rockets take on the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 18-34 on the year. The Wizards match up against the Toronto Raptors, currently 28-24 this season. The Rockets have a 1-1 record against Los Angeles this season. The Wizards have lost to Toronto the last two times they have played.