Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The Houston Rockets have battled their way back into this one, outscoring the Denver Nuggets by a score of 23-13 in the third quarter. As we enter the fourth, Denver holds a slight lead at 69-64.
Patrick Patterson now leads all scorers with 18 points, while Carlos Delfino is up to 14. Ty Lawson leads the Nuggets with 17 points of his own.
Keys to the Game
3. Missed Opportunities
The Houston Rockets hade more than a handful of opportunities to take the lead late in this game, but they consistently failed to convert those opportunities into points. This came by virtue of their 36.9 percent shooting as a team and 24.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
No matter which way you cut it, you're not going to win when you're playing that poorly.
Jeremy Lin and James Harden will garner a majority of the blame for this one, as they combined to shoot just 7-for-24 from the field. They combined for 11 steals, however, and Lin posted an impressive stat line of six assists, five rebounds and six swipes.
Unfortunately, the duo just couldn't do enough when it mattered most.
2. Offensive Rebounds
The only reason this game was close on the scoreboard is because of offensive rebounding. From both sides.
Both the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets hauled in 16 offensive rebounds, with Kenneth Faried grabbing nine and Omer Asik inhaling seven on their own. The difference is, Denver turned those second chance scoring opportunities into points.
Houston did not.
It wasn't until the second half that Houston began to score at all. They continued to turn to Harden and Lin when the hot hands clearly belonged to Carlos Delfino and Patrick Patterson.
Instead of reading and reacting, this team is dependent upon their stars. As they will soon learn, that is the perfect recipe for disaster.
1. "Not a Democracy"
During the first quarter of the game, a graphic was aired that displayed a quote from Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson. Sampson, more or less, said that the team would not ride the hot hand, but instead look to their stars no matter what was transpiring.
For those in need of evidence to back those claims, look no further than tonight's loss to the Houston Rockets.
James Harden and Jeremy Lin were absolutely horrendous shooting the basketball. They combined to go 7-of-24 from the floor, yet the Rockets continued to go to them with the game on the line.
Quite the puzzling move considering Patrick Patterson and Carlos Delfino combined for 37 points.
This decision opened the door for the Denver Nuggets to exploit any and all weaknesses. They'd come up with the big stop when it mattered most, mainly because of the fact that Andre Iguodala had smothered James Harden from the start.
Not only was The Bearded One 5-of-15 from the floor, but he committed six turnovers. That's just the way things go when a team refuses to read and react.
Box score via NBA.com.
Ty Lawson: 21 points, 8 assists, 3 steals
Kenneth Faried: 16 points, 15 rebounds, 8 offensive rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal
Corey Brewer: 14 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Andre Iguodala: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block
Danilo Gallinari: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block
JaVale McGee: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 offensive rebounds
Carlos Delfino: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
Patrick Patterson: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
James Harden: 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 6 turnovers
Omer Asik: 10 points, 13 rebounds, 7 offensive rebounds
Jeremy Lin: 6 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 6 steals
Houston fails to convert a late-game three and they drop this one by six. Both teams exit the floor without any kind of congratulations.
Denver Nuggets 93, Houston Rockets 87 -- End of the Game
The Houston Rockets miss miss a three-pointer and who else but Kenneth Faried to take the long rebound and throw down a dunk in transition? Phenomenal performance by The Manimal.
Houston in trouble.
Denver Nuggets 93, Houston Rockets 87 -- 13.9 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Four points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals tonight. He's scoring poorly but has been stellar in virtually every other area of the game.
Unfortunately, his reward is a tissue in the nose to overcome a bloody nose. Cold-blooded Lin hits both anyways.
Denver Nuggets 91, Houston Rockets 87 -- Fourth Quarter, 1:21 remaining
Carlos Delfino is un casa en fuego! He now has 19 points on four three-pointers.
This one cuts the Nuggets lead to six points.
Jeremy Lin plays outstanding defense on Danilo Gallinari and forces a terrible attempt as the shot clock expires. James Harden flushes down a dunk on the other end and Houston is within four.
Harden then gets away with a walk but can't finish in transition. Andre Iguodala can, however, and ends Houston's momentum.
Houston continues to miss out on the key opportunities. Jeremy Lin is bleeding rather profusely from his nose.
Denver Nuggets 91 - Houston Rockets 85 -- 1:21 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Wow! Dunk of the Year by Kenneth Faried!
Andre Miller throws it up from behind the half-court line, only for Faried to time his jump perfectly and slam an overshot pass down clean. Outstanding!
Denver Nuggets 89, Houston Rockets 80 -- 3:02 remaining in Fourth Quarter
Carlos Delfino and James Harden have combined for four consecutive points, thus cutting the Denver Nuggets' lead to five points with 3:31 remaining. Ty Lawson proceeds to find his way to the line and miss both free throws, but Danilo Gallinari tips in the second miss.
The second time tonight that the outside rebounder has grabbed the offensive rebound and scored off of a free throw. Houston not doing the little things.
Jeremy Lin drives the lane and finally puts some points on the scoreboard. He and James Harden have combined for 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting.
Denver Nuggets 85, Houston Rockets 76 -- 4:47 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Who else but Kenneth Faried comes up with the loose ball? The name of the game is "hustle," folks, and the Nuggets had been out-hustling the Houston Rockets up to this point.
Corey Brewer makes a phenomenal block but Marcus Morris comes up with an offensive rebounds and gets to the line. He makes one of two and makes one of two.
Denver Nuggets 80, Houston Rockets 72 -- 6:30 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Ty Lawson hits Kenneth Faried for two and the Nuggets' lead is back at nine. Faried then grabs the defensive board, only to end up on the other end to grab an offensive rebounds.
That's 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven offensive boards tonight. An absolute monster.
Denver Nuggets 78, Houston Rockets 69 -- 8:10 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Carlos Delfino with yet another three, giving him 14 points on three three-pointers. Corey Brewer responds with a three of his own, thus continuing a career of consistency and reliability.
By the way, is anyone else in awe of the way Kenneth Faried rebounds? Phenomenal how he rises into the air and inhales a board with physicality and aggression.
Denver Nuggets 74, Houston Rockets 67 -- 9:45 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Andre Iguodala opens up the quarter with a long two, giving him 11 points for the game.
Denver Nuggets 71, Houston Rockets 64 -- 11:21 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Denver Nuggets have been in full control of this game from start to finish. Thanks to Patrick Patterson's 12 third quarter points, however, the Houston Rockets have battled back into this one and cut the lead to single-digits.
Despite Jeremy Lin and James Harden combining for nine points on 3-of-15 shooting, the Rockets have found their spark.
Patterson and Carlos Delfino have combined for 29 points, while Omer Asik is sitting pretty at 10 points and 12 rebounds.
On the other end, Ty Lawson was held scoreless in the third after scoring 17 first half points. JaVale McGee has 12 points and seven rebounds, however, and Kenneth Faried is at 10 points and nine boards.
Danilo Gallinari adds eight points and eight rebounds while Andre Iguodala is at nine points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals..
Denver Nuggets 69, Houston Rockets 64 -- End of the Third Quarter
Ty Lawson: 17 points, 5 assists, 2 steals
JaVale McGee: 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 offensive rebounds
Kenneth Faried: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 offensive rebounds
Andre Iguodala: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Danilo Gallinari: 8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block
Patrick Patterson: 18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block
Carlos Delfino: 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal
Omer Asik: 10 points, 12 rebounds, 6 offensive rebounds
Jeremy Lin: 2 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals
James Harden: 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals, 6 turnovers
Houston Rockets announcer Clyde Drexler just claimed Jeremy Lin has done nothing. Don't believe that for a second.
Lin only has two points on 1-of-6 shooting. He also has six assists, five rebounds and five steals to just two turnovers.
This isn't your typical performance, but this is what people have wanted. Traditional point guard play.
Denver Nuggets 67, Houston Rockets 61 -- 50.0 remaining in the Third Quarter
Carlos Delfino drops in two and the Houston Rockets are within two points thanks to a 20-7 run! Patrick Patterson fuels this stretch and now has 18 points.
Denver Nuggets 63, Houston Rockets 61 -- 2:42 remaining in the Third Quarter
The Denver Nuggets continue to display the same deficiency they struggled to overcome in 2011-12. The fact that they cannot function in a halfcourt offense.
Cole Aldrich with a beautiful low-post score that draws the foul. Suddenly, the Houston Rockets are down by five with James Harden doing absolutely nothing to help the cause.
The fourth quarter will be an interesting one if Harden can come to life.
And on that note, that's five turnovers now from James Harden. He then steals the ball and loses it in transition to Andre Iguodala.
Struggle does not begin to describe this outing.
Patrick Patterson for three and he has 18 points!
Denver Nuggets 63, Houston Rockets 59 -- 2:54 remaining in the Third Quarter
James Harden either damaged his nose or flopped. Hopefully he's okay, although that did look like a hidden flop.
Not making it any easier on himself.
Neither team has looked good tonight, with James Harden continuing to struggle He's now 2-of-9 from the floor, 0-for-4 from beyond the arc and 1-of-3 at the free throw line.
That's a recipe for disaster against a team like Denver who will light up the scoreboard every time out.
Denver Nuggets 61, Houston Rockets 49 -- 6:30 remaining in the Third Quarter
When hitting a three-pointer is considered "a run," you know you're struggling.
Nuggets 0 for 7 to start half, triggering a 3-0 Rockets run to cut lead to 12.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 8, 2012
Jeremy Lin is forced to throw the ball away after the Denver Nuggets close out on him. It's that type of game.
Patrick Patterson hits the three-pointer. Not exactly the name you'd expect to see, but he has now done what James Harden has failed to do.
Denver Nuggets 56, Houston Rockets 44 -- 10:10 remaining in Third Quarter
James Harden comes out as the aggressor to begin the second half, taking it to the rack and drawing the foul on Kosta Koufos. He misses both free throws, however, and that's just the type of night it has been for him.
Blown opportunities almost always lead to losses.
Denver Nuggets 56, Houston Rockets 41 -- 11:26 remaining in Third Quarter
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