While the Rockets lost by just six points, 93-87, the game wasn't as close as the score may indicate.
Time and time again the Rockets couldn't find an answer for Kenneth Faried, who ended the night with 16 points and 16 rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field.
With Jeremy Lin and James Harden combining for just 21 points and eight turnovers, on 29.1 percent shooting, the Rockets needed someone to rise to the occasion. Patrick Patterson and Carlos Delfino gave it their best shot, combining for 37 points. But in the end their production just wasn't enough.
Now, with the Rockets sitting at .500 with two wins and two losses, and James Harden looking human again, we will truly see what kind of team Houston will be this season.
Ahead are full game grades for the Rockets' starters and their bench in their loss to the Nuggets.