Going into Friday night's game vs. the Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks had the ninth-best defensive efficiency rating in the league. That all went out the window in Houston.
The Rockets went bonkers, especially Chandler Parsons and James Harden, on the way to a 131-103 victory. The threes were falling, the trips to the free-throw line often and the pace of the game fast and erratic. The Knicks defense was porous, and Harden shot 15 free throws in the first half (making all of them).
The Rockets didn't play stellar defense either, but they flat-out played more impressive offense, and it resulted in a nice lopsided victory in Jeremy Lin's first game against his former team. The offensive exhibition was as exciting for Rockets fans as it was excruciating for the Knicks' defenseless players.
Let's take a look at the postgame grades for both the Rockets and Knicks.