James Harden scores 34 as Rockets easily get past Warriors

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James Harden scored 34 points to help the Houston Rockets pummel the Golden State Warriors, 105-83. Houston (14-7) has now won seven of their last 10 games.

Harden went 13-22 (1-3 from three-point range) in an efficient offensive performance. Houston also got solid performances from Dwight Howard with 22 points and 18 rebounds, and Terrence Jones with 16 points and 10 rebounds. On 5-14 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 11-11 from the free throw line, Stephen Curry scored 22 points for Golden State in the loss. Harrison Barnes added 14 points and 7 rebounds.

In a matchup of strength versus strength, the Warriors offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Rockets defense that ranks fourth-best in the NBA at forcing misses (47.3% opponents' eFG%). Despite finishing with an eFG% of 36.8% in this game, they rank fourth in the NBA in that metric at 52.8% this season. In addition to 12.5% from 3-point range, the Warriors tallied an eFG% of just 36.8%. They are 0-1 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Rockets, conversely, are undefeated (3-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

Coming up next, the Rockets take on the Orlando Magic, who are 6-13 on the year. The Warriors meet the Memphis Grizzlies, currently 9-9 this season. The Warriors have lost to Memphis the last two times they have played.

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