ESCAPE FROM BOSTON

Strong first half just enough to overcome horrible second half

James Harden played as bad of a basketball game as we've ever seen him play since he's been in Houston, going 4-21 from the field, but the Rockets found a way Friday night, holding on late to the 93-87 win over the Celtics in Boston. It's Houston's fourth straight win, improving their record to 33-14 on the season. The Rockets are 10-0 this year when they hold opponents to under 90 points. The Rockets led 60-42 at halftime, but fell completely apart in the third quarter, going 4-20 from the field, turning it over eight times and scoring just nine points. Harden (14 points) had a rough game, facing physical defense all night. Donatas Motiejunas stepped up, scoring a career-high 26 points to go with 12 rebounds, and Josh Smith finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. Up next, the Rockets head to Detroit where the boo birds will be waiting for Smith.

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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    Podcast: The Halfway Point for Rockets By Clutch
    MK Bower joins Dave Hardisty to discuss the halfway point of the NBA season and how the Rockets need more on-court synergy between Harden and Howard.
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    MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    Houston Rockets Salary Cap Update By David Weiner
    David Weiner breaks down the Houston Rockets salary cap situation as they head towards the NBA Trade Deadline next month and explains why keeping Josh Smith beyond this season will be tough.
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    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014
    Josh Smith agrees to sign with the Houston Rockets By Clutch
    After being waived by the Pistons, Josh Smith has agreed to join the Houston Rockets.
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    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2014
    Podcast: On Corey Brewer's Debut and the Looming Josh Smith Signing By Clutch
    MK Bower joins Dave Hardisty after Houston's home win over Portland to discuss the state of the Rockets, Corey Brewer's debut and the potential signing of Josh Smith
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    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014
    Rockets trade for Corey Brewer, Alexey Shved By Clutch
    Making good on their intention, the Houston Rockets made a deal by December 19th, acquiring Corey Brewer and sending Troy Daniels and picks to Minnesota
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    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    Is James Harden leading the early MVP Race? By Clutch
    MK Bower and Dave Hardisty discuss the win over the Knicks, the state of the Rockets and how James Harden's play is warranting serious MVP consideration.
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    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2014
    Talking Rockets Depth Issues and Trade Possibilities with David Weiner By Clutch
    David Weiner (aka "BimaThug") joins Dave Hardisty to discuss Houston's bench depth issues, the possible shift in cap strategy by the Rockets and potential trades they could explore.
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    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014
    Shifting Perspectives on 2015-16 Salary Cap May Impact Rockets' Immediate Plans By David Weiner
    Cap concerns might sway the Rockets to make a move sooner rather than later. David Weiner explains why.
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