Houston Rockets beat James Harden and Brooklyn Nets to extend longest winning streak in NBA

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – One of the most anticipated games on Houston Rockets ‘2021-2022’ Schedule led to the biggest win of the season for the rebuilding but shabby team.

In their third meeting with James Harden since their former star was forced to trade with Houston this past January, the Rockets (8-16) were sparked by rookie Josh Christopher with a top 18. career from the bench to beat the Eastern Conference leader. Brooklyn Nets, 114-104, to extend the league’s longest running winning streak to seven.

The Nets, who played without star Kevin Durant in the second game of the head-to-head matchup, were 20 points behind the Rockets, led by veteran Eric Gordon by 21 points.

But it was Josh Christopher, an Arizona State alum like Harden, who used Wednesday night’s game as a breakout game in his rookie season. On his 20th birthday, the first-round draft pick made all seven of his on-court goal runs, including four from behind the arc.

Christopher ended his birthday game in the last minutes with a powerful alleyway pitch.

Houston held the lead for most of the game, going into the first half. 15. The Rockets almost let Brooklyn back, allowing a run in the fourth inning, reducing the lead to four. That also combined with Gordon’s second technical foul of the game and automatic elimination.

The Rockets stay ready thanks to Garrison Mathews’ well-timed protection and a short-timed key steal from Harden. Mathews ended the night with 19 points.

The Rockets won without 2nd draft pick Jalen Green, who missed his sixth straight game with a hamstring injury, as did Kevin Porter Jr and Danuel House, who respectively had to come out. out with bruised thighs and ankle sprains.

Harden led Brooklyn with 25 points but was knocked out 4 with 16 points from the field.

The win gave Houston an unprecedented distinction. The Rockets became the first team in the four major North American sports leagues to win at least seven consecutive games after losing 15 in a row.

Houston has a chance to continue that record when it takes on the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks at the Toyota Center on Friday.

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Dais Johnston

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