The Houston Rockets have one of the best offenses in the NBA, and it’s hard to argue against that. They have enough quality players like James Harden and Dwight Howard and when things are clicking, they can be virtually unstoppable.
However, they had been a bit down in recent weeks, and some were already questioning their chances in the postseason. The Rockets decided to silence their critics and put up a spectacular performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Houston hosted a team that likely won’t be in the playoffs, so their performance needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Still, they managed to score 129 points and they achieved this feat without D12 and with a stellar performance from the majority of their role players.
Harden led all scorers with 28 points – a performance that included 17 points in the second quarter alone – but there were other players who were dominant against the Wolves. Chandler Parsons notched 19 points, Turkish big man Omer Asik had a surprisingly effective night with 12 points while converting his four field goals, and players like Patrick Beverley, Jeremy Lin and Donatas Montejunas all found ways to contribute in what ended being an easy 129-106 blowout.
Seven Rockets ended up scoring in double-digits as Houston put up one of their best scoring outputs of the season. It seems like the team is heating up at the right time and if they can sustain this level of play during the playoffs, they will be a tough team to overcome.