No Harden, no win, but no fretting yet
Five games in is too early for Houston to panic. So they are keeping their cool – for now.
“All in all, we’ve got to get better in all aspects,” Chris Paul said. “Luckily, it’s early.”
Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 30 points off the bench to help the Los Angeles Clippers rout the shorthanded Rockets 133-113 on Friday night.
Houston, which played without James Harden due to a hamstring injury, dropped to 1- 4.
It was the Clippers’ second win this season over the Rockets.
Harrell, drafted by Houston in 2015, was one of six Clippers who scored in double figures.
“What we found in the second half (of last year) what no one knew was that he could score,” coach Doc Rivers said. Today a Knick killer, tomorrow …? Kevin Durant had his Garden moment. The Knicks are hoping there will be a lot more in another jersey.
If there were any doubts about how one player could drastically change a team, Durant reminded New York why it should do everything possible to pursue the most complete offensive force in the NBA.
Largely a spectator for three quarters, Durant scored 25 of his 41 points in the fourth of a 128-100 victory. The Knicks’ three-point lead disintegrated as they were torched by their No. 1 free-agent target.
“I wasn’t aggressive enough,” said Durant, who took two shots in the third quarter.
“I wanted to come out there and impose my will scoring the ball. I felt like we needed it.”