Washington was down by as much as 25 points, but it continued fighting and turned things around in the second half in a game where many thought it had nothing to do. Aided by a strong push at the end of the third quarter, where they outscored Houston 33-31, the Wizards flipped the game and even got a five-point lead late in the fourth, but James Harden led a scoring run that ultimately gave Houston a hard fought 114-107 win.
Despite the win, the Rockets need to analyze what happened in the second half at the Verizon Center and they can’t afford to repeat this performance once again. The team, as a whole, was very inaccurate on their passing, missed some easy shots and if it wasn’t for Harden – who scored eight points in the Rockets’ turnaround – the game would’ve had a completely different outcome.
Houston scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, but most of them came from the free-throw line during the final minutes. In a team that features players like Dwight Howard and Harden, that’s simply unacceptable. If it wasn’t for the scoring run during the final minutes of the contest, Houston would’ve probably lost the game and this kind of lackluster effort can’t be repeated.
The Wizards aren’t known for being a top offensive unit and the Rockets will definitively have to tight things up if they want to contend in the Western Conference this year. The West is as stacked as it has been in recent years and Houston simply can’t afford to perform like this against better teams down the stretch.