James Harden outshines Kyrie Irving in Houston Rockets Loss
The Houston Rockets may have lost to the Cavaliers, but SCS player grades reflect how close the game was.
After defeating the Dallas Mavericks in their home opener, the Houston Rockets kicked off their five-game road trip, Tuesday, at Quicken Loans Arena. Despite rolling in on a two-game winning streak, the Rockets lost a hard fought battle against the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers 128-120.
Behind James Harden‘s 13 first quarters points, Houston got off to an early 35-29 lead. However, after a 15 point second quarter by Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers outscored the Rockets by 10. Their second quarter run put Cleveland ahead 63-59 by halftime.
The Cavaliers hot shooting continued in the third, but the Rockets were not to be outdone. As Cleveland led 85-84 heading into the fourth.
The Rockets saw their one-point deficit increase by 13 early in the fourth but refused to give up. A few clutch three-pointers by Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon kept Houston in the game. Unfortunately, Houston’s could not find a defensive answer to slow down the hot shooting Cavaliers.
In the end, it was too much Kyrie Irving late in the fourth. He hit a dagger that sealed the deal for the Cavaliers. The Rockets’ 128-120 loss ended their four-game winning streak at Quicken Loans Arena.
Rockets Player Grades:
C, Houston Rockets
PF, Houston Rockets
SF, Houston Rockets
SG, Houston Rockets
PG, Houston Rockets
C, Houston Rockets
PG, Cleveland Cavaliers
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