The Houston Rockets were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers 115-112 on Sunday night dropping there record to 1-2 to start the season.
The Rockets missed there final shot on James Harden three point attempt at the buzzer. The Rockets had a gust of scoring to stay in the game. Trailing by 10 points with roughly four minutes left, the Rockets made a hasty move with Harden and Green converting on consecutive three-pointers.
The Rockets reduced the lead to 110-106 with 2:49 remaining in the game. That run ended suddenly with Tobias Harris hitting a 3-pointer which gave him 23 points on the night. Montrezl Harrell lead a fourth-quarter surge by the Clippers reserves with 17 points while the entire bench contributed to combine 56 points on the night.
The Rockets found a last chance down seven in the final minute, Harden hit a 3-pointer through a Harrell foul giving him a four-point play and pulling the Rockets to within 115-112 which end up being the final score.
With just six minutes left, the Rockets had 3 players with more than 20 points. They were their only players in double figures considering Chris Paul absence due to his suspension. While having to move their top bench performer Eric Gordon into the starting lineup, which took away from the balance that they seem to have in the rotation.
Carmelo Anthony was expected to be a solution for the nights that Paul and Harden are would be out but after going 3 of 10 in each of his first two games with the Rockets he was 1 of 5 in the first half and with Capela repeatedly using his speed to beat the Clippers down the court he ended up scoring 13 points in first half making 6 of 9 attempts finishing with 23 points. James Harden finished the night with 31 points 14 assist but only managed to go 4-12 from 3 point line.
The Rockets have 2 days off before coming back home to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night 10/24.